Luke 20:20 – John 5:47
Today we finish Luke then begin the 4th Gospel, John. The first 3 Gospels are called synoptic gospels because they all have a similar outline of the content. John on the other-hand is different. Only 8% of John is found in the other 3 gospels according to B.H. Throckmorton, Jr., “Gospel Parallels: A Synopsis of the First Three Gospels“. The theme of the Gospel of John emphasizes the deity of Christ. In the first chapter, John points out that Jesus was with God before creation and Jesus was God. John refers to Jesus as the Word. This means that God’s message and messenger are Christ. He came to deliver God’s message of Good news and become our Savior and Salvation.
Scripture John 1:1-5
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 all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
The author John, being inspired by God, tells us an amazing truth. John uses the Greek word “Logos” (meaning “word”) to describe Jesus. He says the “word” was with God and was God. Down a little further on the page verse 14 tells us that “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” and goes on to describe him full of grace and truth. Jesus was fully diving and yet he came in flesh and was fully human. Jesus was God in the flesh. He existed from the beginning and he made all things. God and Jesus are one and the same but Jesus was God’s revelation of himself to us. Jesus is the one who provides life and light to us and he has conquered darkness.
We are not here by accident. The plan for a savior was not a last minute plan by God. From the beginning of creation, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ planned to be the solution to our sin. He knew he would be the sacrificial lamb for our unholiness. The prophets predicted the details of the Savior in their writings because God revealed them. God’s messengers spoke truth but the hearts who hear the message are hard, even today. Jesus, God in the flesh, came to be our Savior. He wants us to believe that He is God and to put our trust in Him. When Jesus was walking down the road to Emmaus speaking with the two disciples, He said “the prophets have spoken… and then went on to explain what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” With all of this forethought from our Lord, Jesus know us by name. He died on the cross for me and you. He wants me and you to be with Him for eternity. All He asks is to believe in Him.
God you are awesome. Your wisdom and love are indescribable. Thank you for your plan of salvation for me.