Blinded by their traditions, the religious leaders lived confounded by their spiritual ignorance and arrogance. But not John! He was the intentional witness of everything Jesus said and did. After Pentecost, his revelation exploded…all the way to the Island of Patmos & The Book of Revelation.
Let’s buckle down and chew on the first five verses:
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 were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. ( John 1:1-5 KJV)
Realizing that the Holy Spirit is the one who has taught, led, comforted and even fathered John from the commencement of his walk with Jesus, these verses unveil the profound beginning of it all. He writes in the light of Redemption. His fresh-eyes approach transcends his culture’s history with a depth of understanding as he continues to explore it in his heart.
View chapter one along with the insights unfolding for us throughout his Gospel. He identifies the Word as the person of Jesus, the Christ. Why? Because He finds it impossible to separate the words of Jesus from the person of Jesus because they are one. The Holy Spirit uncovers an ongoing revelation of Jesus. Jesus is the Word! All of it! John’s the ready writer of revelation.
The revelation is in the text and the context and in the subtext the Holy Spirit provided.
John doesn’t tell us everything, but he knows much more than he’s telling us! Here’s the proof:
“And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one,
I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.
Amen.” John 21:24 (last verse in the book)
Now, as you meditate on chapter one, don’t ignore what you already know from John’s other writings. Keep the pages turning as you go back and forth throughout John’s intimate account of Jesus’ life.
The plus factor in reading scripture is the Holy Spirit. He’s the teacher sent from God. And more personally, He fathers us in our relationship with Jesus. Remember Jesus said according to John 14:18 that He would not leave his disciples “comfortless”! This wonderful word means “fatherless”. This promise is our promise, too. Ask the Holy Spirit to father you with wisdom and revelation knowledge as you read through John’s Gospel.