John 1:1-5 NIV
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 mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John begins his gospel with some of the most beautiful words found in Scripture. John’s gospel is a little different than the other gospels. Some of the same stories about Jesus are present, but his objective is different. John wrote his gospel to point out the deity of Jesus through his “signs” (miracles). John used these signs as undeniable proof to his readers that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the Son of God, who gives eternal life to all who come to him.
As we move through the Book of John, we also see one of the most quoted verses in the entire Bible.
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Again, John is directing his readers back to his original point: Jesus is the Son of God, sent to bring eternal life to all who believe in him. When we look through the Gospel of John, we see him continually drawing his readers toward the idea that Jesus is the promised Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. John’s Gospel is not the only place in the Bible where we can see direct connections between Jesus and other passages in the Old Testament. As we begin to read through Scripture and look at it as a whole, we come to see that it all points back to Jesus:
- Jesus is with God in the beginning (Genesis 1).
- Jesus is the innocent sacrifice to cover for the sins of his people (Genesis 3:21).
- Jesus is the Ark within. All who trust in his name can be saved (Genesis 7).
- Jesus is the spiritual manna sent to God’s people to sustain their lives in the desert (Exodus 16).
- Jesus is the better David defeating the deadly foe of his people (1 Samuel 17).
- Jesus is the suffering servant (Isaiah 53).
When we read the Bible as pointing toward Jesus as Messiah and the promise of eternal life, even confusing books such as Leviticus make more sense. John concludes his gospel by bluntly stating his objective.
30 The disciples saw Jesus do many other miraculous signs in addition to the ones recorded in this book. 31 But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
When we read the Bible, we see Jesus—and when we see Jesus, we see the way God has graciously provided all who believe with the gift of eternal life.
Have you ever considered how the stories in the Old Testament directly point to Jesus? How can you see Jesus in the story of the exodus from Egypt? How is Jesus like David?
Choose one or two of the passages linked above and reflect on how Jesus is referenced in these Old Testament verses.
Read John 1. Think about the words John uses to describe Jesus and how they shape your understanding of who Jesus is.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of your word. As the Psalmist says, your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. I seek your face with all my heart. Show me, Lord, how all of Scripture points to Jesus. Give me a longing to meditate on your word all day long. How sweet are your words to my taste, and through them, I gain understanding. Amen.
This post was written by Julie Mabus. Julie has a passion for thinking about big ideas, art, reading, and seeing God reveal himself through creation. She is married and is homeschooling her five young children.
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