This Lord’s Day, we will begin a new series considering John 1:1-34. This week we will be studying verses 1-5.

In the opening verses of John’s Gospel, John goes to great lengths to set forth the fact that the Jesus is divine. He is God. He opens with that famous statement, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (verse 1) John helps us to see that the Son of God has always been. He has always existed with God–the Son is the Second Person of the Trinity. And He is God and always has been.

Jesus is the Word–He is the revelation of God, the One who makes God known. He would tell Philip in John 14:9, “He who has seen me has seen the Father.” And He has always been the divine Son of God.

John will go on to set forth more truths about the divinity of Christ in this passage, and we will consider those together this Lord’s Day evening. But for now, I want to ask the question. Is this the way you think of Jesus? Do you recognize that He is divine? Have you submitted yourself to the truth that He is “God over all”? (Romans 9:5) The claims of Jesus Christ are pressed upon each one of us, and we must bow to Him.

But in bowing to Him, we find true hope, because as John will tell us, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Christ is that light, the One who overcomes the darkness of our sin and misery. This is a season of the year in which so many people look for hope and peace, but many seek it in the warmth of the season, in time with family, or in other ways. As much as those things may be blessings, they will never provide someone with the lasting and eternal hope of Christ. As we study John 1, we see the One who brings life. We see the One who is God and who would become man. We see the One who is truly our Lord and Savior.

Join us this Lord’s Day as we begin this series together. We meet for worship at 5 PM at The Commons at St. Andrews Church. You can get directions here, or contact us for more information. You can also watch on FacebookLive@RiverCityARP or on YouTube.