The next major theme that we find in these opening verses of John’s gospel teaches us that Jesus is the source of all things and the natural life in man.
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. – John 1:3
All creation owes its existence to Jesus Christ Who was the One who spoke everything into being. Paul confirms this position when he told the Colossians:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. – Col. 1:16-17
John gospel also shows us that Jesus is the specific source of life for men as well.
In the opening verses of the Gospel according to John, we learn about two cousins. One was the Word or Light. This is Jesus. The other was witness to that Light. This is John the Baptist. The first three verses present a lot of doctrine about the eternal nature of Jesus and the Trinity.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John clearly teaches that Jesus has always existed. Jesus was already in existence at the creation of our universe. And not only was Jesus not created, He created everything else!
John also teaches us some details about the mystery of the Three-One God (Trinity). He says that Jesus was both with God…
And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
– John 20:30-31
John is the “unidentified” disciple whom Jesus loved (John 13:23). He wrote the gospel as well as the three small letters bearing his name, and the Book of Revelation. He was one of the original twelve disciples and the only one to live to an old age. He and his older brother were sons of a man named Zebedee. In Matthew chapter 4, they are with their father in a ship in the sea of Galilee. They are mending their nets when Jesus calls them. They drop their work and follow immediately. He, along with Peter and James, were the only witnesses to the raising of Jarius’ daughter from the dead, the transfiguration, and the agony in Gethsemane. After the persecution in Jerusalem, John is probably centered out of Ephesus.
John’s gospel account is very different than the other three “synoptic” gospels that give a synopsis of the life of Christ. John does not include as many historical details but rather focuses on many important doctrinal and theological points. John’s emphasis is on the fact that Jesus is God. He begins before the incarnation showing that Jesus has always been God the Word. John also shows the dual nature of Jesus, being God and man at the same time, refuting the Gnostic claims just like Luke did.
John records his purpose for writing his gospel account in John 20:31. He desires that his readers have a full understanding of the deity of Christ so that they may live a life of liberty in Jesus. It can therefore be concluded that John was writing to believers who wanted to understand even more deeply Who their Savior was.
Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. – Luke 1:1-4
During the early years of the church, the Apostles and others ministers regularly preached about the events of Jesus’ life in their sermons. The four inspired gospel accounts had not yet been written so many people began recording these stories and collecting them into accounts of the life of Jesus. Not being led by the Holy Spirit, this led to inaccuracies and…