Memorize & Meditate {M&M} December 2015 – John 1:1-15

Memorize & Meditate - December 2015 - John 1:1-15

Memorize & Meditate {M&M}

December 2015 –  John 1:1-15

John 1:1-15  New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John

There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

The Word Made Flesh

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”

M&M December 2015

John 1:1-15

Repeating words/phrases

All

Word

Life

Light

Testify

Receive

But

So here we are again in my favorite book of the Bible. I hope that you find this particular study at this time of the year to be a blessing. It is not a typical Christmas selection, but it’s poignancy is powerful as we celebrate His birth and anticipate His return. It is important for us to be ever mindful of His eternal existence. Jesus wasn’t an afterthought of the Father. He wasn’t plan B. Jesus was always the plan, “the Lamb slain from the foundations of the earth,” Revelation 13:8.

Let us now take some time to revisit this passage, familiar to many of us, maybe even passed over. For others it might be brand new. Either way, let us allow our hearts and minds to be refreshed and renewed as we dare to go deeper, to sit and saturate, to marinate and meditate on God’s truth. Remember we have the hope that the world is seeking. We serve the only perfect, resurrected Savior. We know the  real reason for the season. Let’s prepare ourselves to share the joy of our salvation with those who are searching!

Who was in the beginning? Genesis is a parallel verse. How are these two verses similar?

What came into being through Him (Christ)? What was made without Him?

Verse 4 tells what is in Him. List the two things and their significance. What was the response to the Light?

References to the Light are in verses 4, 5, 7, 8, and 9. What do these verses tell us about the light?

When it’s dark, what is the value of light? Why might we not want light in the darkness? Light can make us feel vulnerable. Why?

In Ephesians 5:8 Paul calls us children of the Light. And in I John 1:5-10 John writes about God being Light and encourages us to ‘walk in the Light’. What does it mean to be children of the Light and how do we walk in the light?

Further, Jesus claimed to be the Light of the world (John 8,12) and he referred to us as the light of the world and advised us to let our light shine (Mt 5:14-16). Who is the source of our Light? How do we live as children of the Light?

Who was the witness to Christ? (vs 6) What was his duty? How would you describe this man? (See John 3:1-22; Mark 1:4-8)

There are three uses of the pivotal contraction ‘but’ used in this passage. Note each one and contrast shown.

Verse 5 says that the darkness didn’t ‘comprehend’ the Light. In verse 10 it says that the ‘world did not know Him’ and in verse 11 it says that ‘His own did not receive Him’. How are these three verses saying the same thing? Are they saying anything different from each other?

What is offered to those who receive Him? What are we to believe in? Verse 13 goes on the tell the significant miracle of Christ. What is it? What does it mean that Jesus was born of the will of God? In verse 14 John writes that Jesus is the ‘only begotten from the Father’. What is the significance of that and what does it mean?

What does it mean to testify about something or someone? What was John’s testimony concerning Jesus? What does he mean when he says that Jesus has a higher rank than him?

The first and last verses in this passage reiterate a basic doctrinal truth. What is it? Why is it significant?

In verses 14-

 

In His Grace,

Rachael Carman

 

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I had it going on—or so I thought. After surviving sixty-three months of pregnancy, countless sleepless nights, and 35,000+ diapers, this one-time control freak encountered God’s grace. And I’m here to encourage you to do the same! I love encouraging and inspiring moms to grow deeper in their walk and relationship with our Heavenly Father.

I’ve been married to my beloved, Davis, since 1986; our life has been a roller-coaster ride, with God at the controls. We have seven kids and let me tell you our family loves to laugh! I enjoy playing in the dirt, eating dark chocolate, and walking on the beach. I’m an author and speaker and I am passionate about helping moms not only survive motherhood, but draw near to the Father and thrive in motherhood.

I’m so glad you’re here.
Posted on: December 2, 2015, by : Rachael Carman