As John 1 begins, we are introduced to the Lord Jesus Christ, first as the Creator and then as the Lamb of God. He is first introduced to us at His baptism by John the Baptist, after which He begins to gather those men about Him who will be His most intimate companions in the next three years.
In the Beginning - Verses 1-5
As in most books, the book of John begins with an introduction of the most important Person in the book, and what an extraordinary person He is! With a message that has astounded the world since He first made His appearance, we come to discover that the Word (the Lord Jesus Christ), was not only with God, but was God. As God, He is the One who holds the key to life itself. Man, who was cast into eternal darkness through the sin of Adam and Eve, now has a means to come into the Light through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Light of the World - Verses 6-13
Continuing in John 1, John introduces Jesus Light of the World. John himself is not that Light, as the writer quickly tells us, but has come to be a witness of that Light, who would give all who came to Him the right to become children of God.
Meaning of Grace - Verses 14-18
What is the meaning of grace? As he continued his narrative in verse 16, John introduced an entirely new concept to the Jewish people. They understood truth, but what was the meaning of grace? Why did John say, For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ?
Lyrics Amazing Grace - Verses 14-18
Undoubtedly one of the most famous hymns ever, Amazing Grace was written by John Newton to illustrate a sermon on New Year’s Day, 1773. It was later published in John Newton and William Cowper’s Olney Hymns in 1779, but fell into relative obscurity. Being used extensively in the Second Great Awakening of the early 19th century, it soon became a favorite in the United States.
Testimony of John the Baptist - Verses 19-28
Set forth in this narrative from John 1, we are given the testimony of John the Baptist. Who was this voice crying in the wilderness that had reached the ears of the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day?
Lamb of God - Verses 29-34
John the Baptist, seeing Jesus coming toward him proclaimed, Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John makes its clear that this is no ordinary man; He is the Son of God, who takes away the sin of the world.
Jesus Disciples - Verses 35-42
As we continue our study of John 1 we see the beginning of Jesus Disciples being called. John the Baptist, seeing Jesus again said, Behold the Lamb of God. Two disciples heard him speak and followed Jesus.
Jesus of Nazareth - Verses 43-51
We have found Him, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. With these astounding words, Philip called Nathanael, after responding to the simple words of Christ, “Follow Me.” One must not lose the significance of the calling of Christ Jesus.