John 1:1-18 (When God Became a Human Being!)


Intro: As a Pastor I often get called upon to officiate at a Memorial Service.

A)Always interesting: Especially if someone I didn’t know well


B) Memorial Services are times to reflect / to honor / to remember the life of a loved one.

1) Often include open sharing.  People share this is what I remember about – this is why __ was special to me.


C) Usually not a time where someone gets up to bad mouth the Deceased! -  Two Brothers – Million dollars – Saint

1) Dirty rotten scoundrel – but compared to his brother … saint!


Memorial services are usually a time where you learn about the Character / the faith of … /

A)What Kind of person / Husband / Father / Christian / what stood for / what he stood against.


B) Well here in the first 18 verses of John 1 – The apostle John gives us a description not of His deceased friend

1) But of His living Lord


C) John reveals an extensive and comprehensive description to answer the Question who is Jesus?

D) V.1-18 commonly called the prologue

1) I like Thesis { A dissertation containing the results conclusions of research.


E) Here he stats his Thesis – The rest of the book – he presents the evidence.

                                        RD V.1-18


Intro: Gospel of John – One of the last books written in the NT

A)Written by John – Apostle of Jesus – First to follow – last to die.


B) Close to Jesus – Man of means: He Left family fishing business to follow Christ

1) Cousin of Jesus – He knew Him – though much younger { Mom Salome

  Sister to Mary/  John the Baptist was also related


C) Imagine Baby sitting those three – The Prophet / Apostle / Messiah

John the B. – Behold Here comes my cousin Jesus out of the Kitchen


D) It is interesting that John knowing the family background of Jesus knowing him in some way as a Kid

1) Is so overwhelmingly convinced – He is the Messiah


But John’s purpose in writing is different – from Matthews – Matthew – Portrays Jesus as Messiah – OT Prophecy

A)John Portrays – Jesus as Divine – God in Human Flesh !


B) That is his purpose in writing – John 20:31 “these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.”


C) And yet he also goes to great lengths to point out how the Divine became flesh- became Human.

1) Therefore He uses the name Jesus – more than any other gospel writer.


D) Matthew: 151 times / Mark 17 / Luke 88 / John 247 times


E) Although he mentions the name Jesus more than any other gospel writer – that is not where how starts

1) He goes to pre Genesis – In the beginning –


John Begins In the beginning was the Word

A)A word is something that communicates – The term Word in the Greek is Logos.


B) The Greeks used “the Word” in two ways. It could mean a person’s thoughts or reason, or it might refer to a person’s speech, the expression of thoughts.

B) As a philosophical term, logos conveyed the rational principle that governed the universe,

1)even the creative energy that generated the universe.


C)Plato declared that the  Logos, was the foundation of everything on earth.

1) Everything flowed from the Logos. The earth, Plato said, was simply a shadow of the reality of the logos that existed somewhere in the heavens.


The Jews took the Greek concept of the logos one step further.

A)Whereas Plato said behind everything there’s a perfect thought (logos), the Jews said that behind the thought there must be a perfect thinker.


B)So John Begins with the Existence of God but then – he blows our minds by declaring –


The Word was w/ God – the word was God.


V.2 He was in the beginning with God.= He – Person /


V.14 –And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,


V.17-18  For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. 


C) John Makes it Clear the Word is a person and that Person is Jesus Christ the Son of God.

In the Beginning was the Logos – the Word – The Logos was with God and the Logos was God – or Literally – God was the Logos – or God was in the Word.

A)The word was speaks of a continual existence – Always there continually in existence.


B) The Word was and continually always has been w/ God

1) and the Word was and continually always has been God

2) and God was and has continually always been the Word.


Now if you talk to a JW they will tell you that according to Greek Scholars – there should be an a – in v.1 – The Word was a god.

A)Jesus is not God – he is a god little g –

The Kingdom Interlinear their translation


B) Problem is there is no Greek Scholar alive who would agree with that claim –

1)and the ones they quote they quote out of context AT Robertson and Julius Mantey – have gone on record to refute their claims


"A GROSSLY MISLEADING TRANSLATION. It is neither scholarly nor reasonable to translate John 1:1 ‘the Word was a god.’ But of all the scholars in the world, so far as we know, none have translated this verse as Jehovah’s Witnesses have done." (Dr. Julius R. Mantey)

In a letter to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society dated July 11, 1974, Mantey even demanded a public apology for these repeated misquotings—as well he requested their discontinuance of the use of his grammar: After citing numerous examples of mistranslations, Mantey writes:

In view of the preceding facts, especially because you have been quoting me out of context, I herewith request you not to quote the Manual Grammar of the Greek New Testament again, which you have been doing for 24 years. Also that you not quote it or me in any of your publications from this time on. Also that you publicly and immediately apologize in the Watchtower magazine, since my words had no relevance to the absence of the article before theos in John 1:1…. On the page before the Preface in the grammar are these words: "All rights reserved—no part of this book may be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher." If you have such permission, please send me a photocopy of it. If you do not heed these requests you will suffer the consequences.

            Regretfully yours,

            Julius R. Mantey6


This is where John Begins: Jesus is the Logos – He is the Word. – Jesus is the Logos who reveals God to us.

A)When God spoke in the Old Testament it would often times be described like this. “And the Word of the Lord came to Isaiah”

B) or the “Word of the Lord came to Elijah” When the Children of Israel were delivered from hand of Pharaoh, it was by the Word of the Lord.


C) The heavens and the earth were created by, “The Word of the Lord”.

1) God created, God saved. God delivered

2) God communicated, by His powerful Word.

    God expressed it, and it happened.


D)The Jewish listener  would have picked up on this immediately.

1) They understood the Logos, the Word of God. 


E) John was declaring – All those times in the OT we read of God speaking – the Word of the Lord – that was Jesus.


Jesus is the Creator: V.3  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

A)Nine times in Genesis chapter 1 it records “And God said”.

And God said, “Let there be light” /


B)and God said, “let there be dry land in the midst of the water, and God said, “let the earth bring forth grass and herb and every kind of plant” and God said, “let there be two great lights to rule the sky” and God said, “let the earth bring forth living creatures,” and God said, ‘let us make man in our own image”

C) Each time the Word spoke, creation poured forth.

1) The Word – the Logos was Jesus


Phillip Keller Classic – Shepherd … Psalm 23 – God the Father was the Author – the originator of Creation.

A)It was in His mind first all that took Shape.


B) God the Son, Jesus, is the artisan- the artist – the creator of all that exist

1) He brought into being all that had been originally formulated in His fathers mind.


C) God the Holy Spirit is the agent who presents these facts to both my mind and my spiritual understanding so that they become both real and relative to me as an individual.


D) Gen 1 God is Elohim Plural – compound unity – Let us make man in our image.  Doctrine of the Trinity –

1) 3 Person/ 3 distinct personalities – One incredible Being !


E) God the Son was responsible for speaking the World into existence.


Hebrews 1:1-2

God has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

The Word  the Logos was the artist: Creative energy flowed from His spoken Word.

A)Here is what is also amazing: Created is Bara Baw- raw = to create something out of nothing. 


B)There is another Hebrew word that means to make something out of existing materials, like fashioning a chair out of pieces of wood,


1)But that is not what Jesus is doing here, He is speaking these things into existence out of nothing,


C) It goes from the mind of God, through the Word of God, into reality.

1)Universes and planets and flowers and trees and every living thing, spoken into existence by the omnipotent Word of God.


Reveals to us the Creativity of Christ

A)Every MT/ Plant / Flower/ Oceans / Every Star – Painted by Jesus


B) Made for our enjoyment!


C) Declares His Power and Glory!


D) Talk more about the Creative Power of Jesus on Sunday – Continue

   But For the sake of time tonight  lets Continue V.4



In Him was Life.

A)Not only is Jesus the creator of all life, but He is the source of that which makes it all come alive. He is the Fountain Head of life


B) The Greek term used for “life” is zoe;  it is always used to describe the divine, eternal life in the Gospel of John.


C) Real life – What man is craving for – longing after – Greatest Pursuit.


That life is found in Him – In Him was life and that life was the light of men.

A)The divine life embodied in Christ brought unique light to people


B) Light exposes – the Light of Jesus – exposed that we were sinners – He was the perfect man


C) Light also illuminates – See God – V.18 Declared Him – Exegis – to exposit –


D) Light directs – Reveals the way: The way to God. To life –









Shirley Mclaine – New Ager – On the Beach – I am God

She was conducting one of her Seminars at the Long Beach Arena Teaching people about their own Divinity During the seminar she had everyone light a candle – they turned off the lights so those candles good be seen shinning in the dark. She said – Just those candles have individual flames – all of you have the divine light with in you. Well Just as she said that the smoke from the candles set off the sprinkler system in the arena and all of those divine lights were extinguished



In Him was Light – Light was the Light of Men –



V.5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

A)The Greek word translated “comprehend” can mean either “extinguish” or “understand.”


B)Both meanings are applicable in this verse, for the darkness could neither understand nor extinguish Jesus.


C) For three hours, the earth was darkened when it seemed the Light of the World was extinguished

1) But three days later, He was back—to shine in our hearts as the Bright and Morning Star


D) Insight Why resist – John 3 Men loved darkness – hated the light because it exposed their evil deeds


Now On Sunday in our Intro we noted – John’s Style – 7 signs / 7 witnesses / 7 I am statements

A)1st Witness   RD V.6-8


B) Here, John the apostle introduces us to John the Baptist.

1) As a prophet, John the Baptist spoke to people on behalf of God.

2) As a priest (Luke 1:5), he spoke to God on behalf of the people.


C) That’s what ministry is all about. Ministry is both prophetic and priestly—talking to people about God and talking to God about people.


John was sent to bear witness to the Light – Same as us.


Purpose so that all men through him might believe.

A)The Calvinist will try to tell you that Salvation is only for the a select few


B) John declares – the heart of God is that all men might believe.

1) The person that irritates you the most – God loves incredibly and wants them to be saved.


V.10 John moves back to Jesus – Read v.10-11

A)John notes one of the greatest tragedies in mankind - The world that He made didn’t recognize Him –


B)The wind did – The waves did – The water did – supported him

1) The Donkey did { never ridden  / the Rocks did –


C) But man didn’t – His own – his own people didn’t receive him they didn’t welcome him in .


D) Filled his heart with sorrow – still does – Oh Jerusalem …..


V.12 But – Great word – Most didn’t receive him – But some did

A)Received = accepted – welcomed in.   Word that speaks both of Love and submission – Accepted into the Heart to make it your home


B) Paul said the Lord wants to dwell in your hearts –

1) Be at Home like a member of the family – not a guest – not an intruder –


C) To receive is predicated upon Faith – for those who believe

1) More than an intellectual assent – Cling to trust in rely upon.


D) Here is what happens to those who take that step: The right to be Children of God


In Greek right means “authority or permission.” In this context, it speaks of God granting the right or giving the privilege for the new birth.

No one can attain this new birth by his or her own power, merit, or ability. Only God can grant it.


RDV. John 1:12-13

12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.



Not obtained through Descent: Not of blood – not about your family bloodline

A)Grandpa was a great Christian – 40 Preachers in your family – doesn’t matter you still need to make a decision


B) Not obtained through Desire: Not the will of the flesh

1) Romans tells us there are really not that seek after God – Not the will of the flesh


C)Starts with God – the initiator – reveals to our hearts the need


D) Not obtained through Determination: not the will of man  - If I just try hard enough


D) Man can’t will Himself into a relationship with God

1) Gift received when I receive Christ – thru faith.