የዮሐንስ ወንጌል ትርጓሜ /11/ - Commentary on Gospel of John /11/

Gospel of John: Chapter 1
Chapter One:  is structured as:
    Verse 1 – 4: Eternity of the Word
    Verse 4 - 13: Reception of the Lord by the world
    Verse 14 – 18: The Word became Flesh
    Verse 19 -34: Testimony of John
    Verse 35-52: The calling of the six Disciples
 

Chapter One expresses the Divine Nature of Christ with the following seven points.

1-    Eternal /V.1/

2-   Distinct Person in Holy Trinity /V.1/

3-   God /V.1/

4-   Creator of everything /V.3/

5-   Source of Life /V.4/

6-   Foundation of Truth /V.5/

7-   God revealed in Flesh /V. 14/

Here are ways John expresses the Divinity of Christ

1.    Mightiest Man of all: John the Baptist is the greatest among those born of women, but Jesus is the firstborn of all creation /John 1:6-8, 1:30/. He explains how the Lord is bigger than one of the bigwigs of the Jewish leader and teacher, Nicodemus/John 3:1-2/

2.    The Lord’s Miracles are like no other:  The holy men do miracles as the Lord does miracles. Holy men do miracles in the name of the Lord but the Lord does miracles in His own power.

3.    The Lord did what could only be done by God:  He provided remissions of sins and rose from the dead with His own power /John 2:19/.

4.    His beginnings: Bethlehem was merely place He revealed Himself in flesh not place where His existence begun. Before creation, He was born from the Father in a mysterious way that cannot be comprehended.  Even though by birth in flesh he was older than the Lord, John the Baptist witnessed the Lord existed before him /John 1:30/.  Even after 2000 years after the death of Abraham, the Lord said He was before Abraham / John 8:58/.

5.    Revealed Himself with His own words: He is Son of the Father and coequal with the Father/John 5:18/. He and the Father are the same and coequal /John 10:30/. He came down from the Heaven /John 3:13/. Last but not least, in his seven “I am” statements, He told the good news that He is the only answer to all questions in life.

As we have covered in previous introductions, “The Word” is that who became Flesh and that is our Lord Jesus Christ.  “In the beginning was the Word” expresses Lord’s eternal presence. This “beginning” does not have a starting point nor does it have an end.   “…and the Word was with God” tells us His eternal existence with the Father. “…and the Word was God” tells us the Word is coequal with the Father, not secondary person to the Father.  

This verse is very similar to how the Book of Genesis begins. Genesis starts with “In the beginning” Gen 1:1 as does John 1:1. While the Book of Genesis starts with the first of the creations, the Gospel of John talks about the Eternal Creator Jesus Christ that has no beginning. While Genesis starts with the creation, the Gospel of John starts with its Creator.

There are three books in the Bible that starts with the word “in the beginning”; Genesis, Gospel of John and 1st Epistle of John. In all three, we find our Lord Jesus Christ. In Genesis we find Him as the Creator of this vast universe. In the Gospel of John, we find Him in His eternal birth from the Father, and in the 1st Epistle of John, we find Him in His eternal beginning. In short, Jesus Christ is eternal and source of creation.  There was nothing that came to existence that He did not allow. He is ancient with no beginning, eternal with no end.

John has written about Jesus’ divine nature relentlessly. That is because even though it’s easy for many to believe Jesus Christ as a historical figure, it was very difficult for them to accept him as the creator of everything. Jesus in his Flesh became a ransom for us all, in His divine being saved us all. John wrote extensively so they believe He who became Flesh is God. Glory Worship and Praise to the Lord Jesus Christ!