The Most Important Message From The Gospel Of John
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. 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.
Every passage in the Bible is meaningful, but the prologue of any story gives us insights into the main story that the writer wanted to tell. This is what we see John doing at the beginning of his gospel. After reading and understanding John’s intention, I feel that this prologue is the most important part of his gospel and he wanted us to grasp it.
When John began writing his gospel, he started by saying that Jesus, the Word, was there in the beginning. Perhaps he had always been fascinated with the creation of the world. The writer of Genesis also wrote at the start of the book, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). This connection to Genesis was not coincidental. John also started the same way in his first epistle 1 John 1.
The revelation that Jesus is God, became flesh, and made his dwelling amongst us, inspired John and he wanted us to know about it! This is absolutely powerful and most important for us to grasp. In the conclusion of his gospel, John said, “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true. Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.” (John 21:24-25)
John ended his prologue by saying that Jesus came to us, “full of grace and truth.”
What is it about grace that John wants to make sure we understand? Jesus is not just gracious; He is FULL of grace. God’s grace will compel us to change from our sinful nature. It is a guarantee that we will be protected eternally under His grace because His grace is full, not less.
Jesus isn’t just grace, but truth too. Truth and grace are what God has offered to us.
God wants us to hold on to both His truth and His grace. By holding on tightly to God’s grace, we will be able to follow the truth because we can never meet the mark of God without grace. Grace propels us to strive towards Jesus’ example. Grace is like a springboard to truth; it gives me the courage to step on it and spring up with the help of God’s hands.
As Christians, we are born of God, not of any human’s decision. We did not decide that God will be our father, God did. God gave us the right to become His children. God wants us to believe that we are His children. Just like how we want our children to feel safe and we protect them with all our strength, mind, heart and soul, God wants us to feel the same way too. This is a privilege that God has given us. How excited are we when we are told that we are His children?
If we were told that our parents have left behind a precious inheritance, how quickly would we make our claim for it? The problem is, we cannot see God plainly. As John put it, the world did not recognise Jesus when He was with us. We are part of this world, inclined to sin. We claim that we are children of God but our actions do not often commensurate with our belief. Or is it perhaps we have not truly believed?
It is a daily struggle to keep our life holy according to God’s desires. Hence I try hard to read my Bible daily and pray to God regularly to get my mind fixed on Him. It is tough, and amongst the difficult chores that we have to do daily. But I don’t have a choice; I have to make time.
The world today is difficult for us to grasp. We may see what is right as wrong. And what may be awfully wrong, we may regard as okay because that is how the world sees it. It is only through Jesus that we may see the light. Jesus is the personified Word, for us to know him and to make him known.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.