Year B: 2 before Lent John 1:1-14

John 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. 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.


Today's passage sets the scene for the rest of the book and also hints at the purpose of writing the book. "These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God and that by believing you may have life in his name." ( 20:31 ) This book was written to inspire a personal trust in Jesus that would lead an individual to be reconciled to God.

This reading focuses on Two revelations; and Two responses

Two revelations

First we have

The revelation of nature.

Edward Herbert (1583-1648); "Whoever considers the study of anatomy, I believe will never be an atheist. "

François Fénelon (1651-1715); "Let us study the visible creation as we will; take the anatomy of the smallest animal; look at the smallest grain of corn that is planted in the earth, and the manner in which its germ produces and multiplies; observe attentively the rose-bud, how carefully it opens to the sun and closes at its setting; and we shall see more skill and design than in all the works of man."

We will now look at the Power Point presentation to see some of the facts about the creation that point to a Creator.

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This passage tells us that Jesus was the agent of creation.

3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

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

Paul writing to the church at Colossae: Col 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

God's revelation in nature is there for all to see. Paul writing to the Roman church; 1:20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

This is relevant for people who have not yet heard of Jesus. The revelation of God in nature is so obvious that they can make a response of trust in God, even though they have not heard of His Son.

We also have

The revelation of Jesus

See Power Point.

At the start of John's gospel see the importance of 'the word'. Jesus. A word is a symbol of an idea used in speaking or writing, a message, information. Jesus tells us what God is like because Jesus was with God and is God. He was in the beginning, therefore eternal, outside time and space. Jesus is the revelation from God that we can understand.

If we want to know what God is like we should look at Jesus. Pure, loving, challenging, understanding, compassionate, reaching out to people.

He is a light of revelation. He reveals our sin, our darkness by his example and teaching. He gives his followers the light of the knowledge of God, a light to follow, a light to guide our lives.

The revelation of nature and of Jesus demands a response. Even no response is a response!

Two revelations; and Two responses

Some did not accept him.

10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. This relates to people in the world. People created through the work of Jesus who did not recognize their creator.

11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. This 11 refers to the Jewish people who had the Scriptures and their knowledge of God through their history. They did not receive him as their Saviour but killed him.

However, the very act that they thought would get rid of this upstart, troublesome, travelling preacher opened the way to God. Because Jesus was God and man and was raised from the dead with a physical body, so those who are united with Jesus will also be raised from death and receive resurrection bodies.

These people belong to the second response.

Others did accept him.

12f. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The big question is; "Do we trust Jesus to put us right with God, or do we try and do it ourselves." Do we trust the one who made the earth in such a way that it would sustain life? Do we trust in the one who has created us with such care and precision?

That trusting is, of itself a gift of God. A gift is not earned or deserved.

Imagine you are an orphan living in an orphanage. For years you have had no parents and a loving, generous man chooses you to be part of his family. Wouldn't you be overjoyed?

We just need to surrender our lives to God. To be child-like. Coming to our loving Father through His Son by the work of His Spirit within us. Making anew start with God. Wiping the slate clean of all our failure to live life God's way. Giving us a power to live for God.

Those who trust in Jesus are now sons, and daughters of God ! We have a right relationship with God. He is our loving heavenly father. It means that we are members of his world-wide family ! It means that Jesus is our brother, and that we will inherit his kingdom with him when he returns.

The question that God poses to everyone is "Will you be my child?", see Power Point final slide.

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