Author: Ron Graham

Lessons About Jesus

Jesus in John Chapter One
—Threads, themes, and claims

The gospel of John starts differently to the other gospels. John defines Christ's status before he existed in this world.

John calls Jesus "the Word". This Word (logos) "was God and was with God" in the beginning. However "the Word was made flesh" (John 1:1,14).  Jesus is the Word by whom all life was created. He came into the world as the unique Son to explain God to us (John 1:3-5, 16-18).

The prologue to John's first letter also teaches this (1John 1:1-5). This teaching is not unique to John, however. For example consider Paul's teaching (Philippians 2:5-11, Colossians 1:13-18).

1 The Seven Threads in John 1

There are seven principles or powers woven like threads through verses 1-13.
These are: Creation, Life, Light, Darkness, Witness, World, and New Birth.

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2 Three Main Themes in John 1

If you like, you can think of these themes as the three colors of the seven threads:

3 Seven Claims in John 1

John reports the proclamation of another John, namely John the baptizer who "came for a witness" of Jesus (John 1:6-8). John the Baptist made seven claims about Jesus (John 1:15-37).

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