John | Grace Reformed Church
We continue this morning our study of the Gospel According to John, and this morning we will be finishing the first chapter. It’s getting much more exciting! Things are starting to happen, more and more people are entering the scene. Two weeks ago the only people on the stage were John the Baptist and this Pharisee delegation from Jerusalem. Then last week we saw Jesus finally enter the stage, and John the Baptist recognized him as the Messiah, but even more than that, the Lamb of God.
I’ll ask that you turn with me again this morning to the book of John. This is the fourth of what will be five sermons on the first chapter of John. We could, of course, do many more than that, with how packed full of doctrine this first chapter is. And it’s no surprise that as we turn to what has been edited to be the next paragraph, with its own heading, in the chapter, that we are greeted with even more doctrine. And in this brief story, it comes to us first through John naming Christ, naming him something specific.
We continue this morning with our study of John, and I hope that you’ve had as great a time as I have even just in these first two weeks looking at the prologue. Those first 18 verses are so masterful, so full of theology, full of Christology, and function together as an incredible reminder of who is the God we serve. Christ is the Word, Christ is Light which is life. Just wonderful. I hope you enjoyed that study.
This morning we come again to the Gospel of John, and that’s going to be our normal mode of operation for a while. We are going to look again this morning at the prologue to the gospel—last week we spent a great deal talking about how the prologue is one of the ways that John is set apart from the other gospels, why it doesn’t fit in the mold of the synoptics. The entire gospel has a distinct style and focus compared to the others, and that uniqueness is related to John’s stated goal for his gospel.
I’m not sure if any of you thought of it, but with this Sunday we start the second year of life here in the chapel! God has been faithful in providing for us throughout this past year, even in the time of a pandemic. We’ve been through a lot in the past year, but we’re still here. And we’ve learned a lot as well, myself included! We just finished up five weeks of studying Psalms, and before that we studied Jonah, and before that we had a topical series on Reformed Theology, half online and half in person!