He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. – John 1:10
Read John 1
John’s account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection doesn’t begin with a birth story. We don’t meet Joseph and his fiancée, Mary, on the road to Bethlehem. No shepherds, angels, or wise men stumble into the scene. There’s no great and lengthy, earthly lineage pointing to Jesus. Instead, John introduces us to Jesus by way of eternity past. In the beginning was . . . Jesus. There begins our journey home.
Over the next several days we will walk a journey with John that leads to an eternal destination. We pack our bags with stories of Jesus’ life and ministry, traveling with Him into death, joining Him in new, resurrected life.
Our journey home begins with a God who left His.
John 1 introduces us to several men who first realize Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, and begin their journey home with Him. Early on we meet John the Baptist, the one divinely destined to “make straight the way of the Lord.”1 Then we meet up with two brothers, Andrew and Peter2 who would spend their next three years walking beside Jesus to the cross and the rest of their lives following Him home. And then we encounter Philip and Nathanael, two men who came to know Jesus because He knew them first.3
Jesus came to a world that did not know Him4, but John is helping to fix that. John, Jesus’ best friend, the one who witnessed His life up close, the one who the Spirit whispered insight that became the inerrant Word, this John gives us name after name after name just in this first chapter of his gospel to help us know Jesus.
He is the Word.5 He is God.6 He is the Light.7 He is the only Son from the Father.8 He is Jesus Christ.9 He is the Lord.10 He is the Lamb of God.11 He is the Son of God.12 He is Rabbi/Teacher.13 He is the Messiah.14 He is Jesus of Nazareth.15 He is the son of Joseph.16 He is the King of Israel.17 He is the Son of Man.18 This is Jesus, our Lord and Savior—the One who was sent into the world, the very world who did not know Him —so that we could know Him.
Think of it—Jesus, who is God, who has no beginning and no end, left His home.19 The very One who was at home with the Father, left that home to be with us. Jesus left His rightful place with God the Father to travel to a place that He spoke into existence—traveling to a people who He created.
Because there was no other way that we could be at home with the Father apart from Jesus, Jesus left His home for us. To be with us. To live for us. To die instead of us. And to be raised for us. He’s home now—seated in glory beside the Father and one day, we will be with Him in all His glory.
Our journey home begins with a God who left His. Come and see Jesus for yourself. Meet Him along the way—the way to the cross, the way to the grave, the way to new life, and ultimately, the way home.
11:23, 21:35-42, 31:43-51, 41:10, 5,6 1:1, 71:8-9, 81:14, 91:17, 101:23, 111:29,36, 121:34, 49, 131:38, 49, 141:41, 15, 161:45, 171:49, 181:51, 191:1
Consider your response: Consider the names and titles of Jesus in John 1. Write a sentence describing the importance of each. How do these statements point forward to the cross? Which one is most meaningful to you today? Why? Ask God to give you greater affections for Jesus as you come to know more of Him.
– Written by Vince Black