Who is Jesus? This question has been debated since Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago. Even during his earthly ministry there was much argument about who he was and what his purpose was. Was he a prophet? Messiah? or just a crazy man? Today, all these years later that question still lingers in our world. That is the question John is answering in his Gospel.
In John 20:30-31 he says, "The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name."
Our hope in this series is that each of us, whether a Christian or not, will discover Jesus in fresh and profound ways. That we would believe in Him, and by believing find LIFE.
This first chapter of John is the prologue to the story, similar to the text crawl at the start of each Star Wars movie. It sets the scene and gives us the context for the characters and the story.
In Matthews Gospel he starts the story of Jesus with a genealogy starting with Abraham. But John goes back much further in Jesus' story to the beginning of EVERYTHING. John proclaims from the very first sentence that Jesus is far more than just a good man, but that Jesus is God Himself.
As you read through these first 18 verses think about how bold of a claim John is making. He is setting the bar at an impossible level! Jesus must not just prove to be a good teacher and leader, but he must show Himself to be GOD in flesh. How do you view Jesus? If He is God, and the Scriptures are true, then how should that change how we live?
Questions to talk about in DNA Groups:
1. What are some things that stand out to you about Johns claims about Jesus in 1:1-14?
2. What claims in this passage are hardest fro you to understand or believe?
3. If you are a Christian, where do you see disconnects between believing these Truths and how you live out your faith?
4. How can your DNA group encourage/challenge you to embrace these truths in a deeper way?