May 4, 2014

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John Bible Study Day 1 | Advanced Small Group

John Bible Study Day 1 | Advanced Small Group

The Word Became Flesh

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6 There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent,nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ” 16 From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

John the Baptist Denies Being the Christ

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Christ. ” 21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” 22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself ?” 23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ” 24 Now some Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” 28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

Jesus the Lamb of God

29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.” 32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 I would not have known him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

  1. “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.”

    Let’s just take a second an unpack this…. Holy crap there is A LOT in these first few verses. First we must understand that the Word = Jesus. So replace “Word” with “Jesus” and re-read the first verse. Mind blown…..

    Now something that has slipped by before… verse 3….. Through him ALL things were made; without him NOTHING was made that has been made. God the Father created EVERYTHING through Jesus/the Word.

    “5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”

    This was me soooo many times in the past when people told me about Jesus…. I just didn’t understand it, it just wasn’t my time.

    “10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.”

    Echos of verse 5….

    “15 John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ “

    John the Baptist breaking peoples minds with the above statement…. but now it is crystal clear.

    •  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– 13 children born not of natural descent,nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 

      This verse gives hope to all. Even those who may have grown up in a bad environment…the freedom to be a child of God. Hotta make you feel good.

  2. Dan Buceti says:

    5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

    This verse stands out to me more than any other verse because it reminds me of my years away at college. My entire time there, my dad and sister would send me letters of prayer and encouragement. I would always read them, say how sweet they were, but then disregard them as nothing more than my family just worrying about me. a few months back, I was going through some personal items, and I ran across some of those letters. Now, as a believer, I was able to understand the broken heartedness and plea for help from my family. As a sinner, with a hardened heart, it is impossible to “see the light shine in a dark place.”

    • I can relate…. I can think back to multiple times that God reached out for me in the past…. but I brushed it off and did my own thing….. then I got ran over by the Holy Spirit and my life has never been the same…..

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