John Chapter One

Eternal Word. Fully God. Creator of all things. True Life. The Brightest Light. The Son of God with flesh and bone. The Lamb of God. Sin-taker. Jesus from Nazareth. Savior from heaven. Knower of all things and knower of me. King of Israel and King of Kings. The way to heaven.

Great men say of you “leave me and follow Him.” Desperate men abandon all and do it.

And by faith in you, I am a child of God.


Go back to the beginning. As far back as your mind will allow you to travel. A little further. OK, a lot further. Further still. There is nothing there. Nothing that is but God. The Triune God. The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit. Perfect unity. Perfect love. Perfect joy. Forever. Without beginning. Without end. Alpha. Omega. A. Z. Eternal.

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Then He created. Time. Space. Matter. Things. Small things. Big things. All things. Everything. Rings that surround planets. Planets that are surrounded by rings. Planets that are no longer called planets – so the experts say. Living things. Small living things. Big living things. Intelligent living things. Lady bugs. Starfish. People. His handiwork. Out of nothing. Ex nihilo. By Him. For Him. He spoke and things that did not even exist began to listen.
That’s power.
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There was no other way. The Son stepped out of eternity and into time. The One who was Spirit became flesh. Perfect Deity veiled in genuine humanity. All God. All man. The God-man. The Great I Am became human. Immanuel. God with us. Jehovah among us. Unrecognized. Rejected. Hated. But to those who received Him, adoption. By God.
That’s love.
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My name is John. I have been called many things. Peculiar. Passionate. Fanatical. Faithful. Arrogant. Abrasive. Bold. Hypocritical. Radical. Religious. Dangerous. The prophet. The baptist. Still, it does not matter. I am concerned only with the opinion of One. His call on my life is clear. I am consumed by this and by this alone. At whatever cost, I will make known to my Jewish brethren what God through His Spirit has made known to me: The Messiah is here. We must turn from sin that we may hear from Him. Some have called me great. The greatest among us are not in His class. He is categorically different. He is the Lamb of God. The voice of the Father spoke. The Spirit as a dove descended. If you have followed me in the past, follow Him from this point forward. I must decrease. He must increase. His glory is my joy. My life is not about me. It is all about Jesus.
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Of all the things we can call Him, this was the title that we embraced.
The Lamb of God.

This was the name that compelled us to leave the one we previously followed in order to follow Him.
The Lamb of God.

We could not understand the full significance of this title until several years later. Still, we were gripped.
The Lamb of God.

Spotless. Sacrificial. Substitutionary.
The Lamb of God.

Our teacher taught us about God’s righteousness. The Teacher brought us God’s righteousness.
The Lamb of God.

We did not simply need someone to show us the way we should go. We needed someone to save us from the way we were going.
The Lamb of God.

This was too amazing to keep to ourselves. We had to share Him with those we loved.
The Lamb of God.

I had to tell my brother.
I had to tell my friend.
We have seen Him. Come see Him for yourself.
The Lamb of God.

As usual, my brother was enthusiastic. Excited.
As usual my friend was contemplative. Doubtful.

He gave my brother a new name. A name I didn’t think fit.

My friend gave Him new names. Names I knew fit.
Rabbi. The Son of God. The King of Israel.

But for us, the name that changed everything was this.
The Lamb of God.
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The Word. God. Creator. Life. Light. Flesh. The One and Only Son. Glory. Grace. Truth. The Lord. The Lamb of God. The Son of God. Rabbi. Teacher. The Messiah. The Anointed One. The One Moses wrote about. The son of Joseph. The King of Israel. The Son of Man. Jesus Christ.



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