The Word Becomes Flesh – God’s Cure for sin (disobedience)

So now let’s turn to the first chapter of the gospel of John in the New Testament.  Note the similarity in the wording here to that in the first chapter of Genesis!   "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning.  Through him all things were made...” (verses 1-3).  Here John is establishing Jesus’ credentials as God in human form.  The one and only God who created the world and all that exists.  “And the Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us..." (verse 14). 


 In him was life…”(verse 4).  In Jesus, in God’s Word, is life—the tree of life!  “…the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (verse 29b).


Note: Throughout the Bible God has provided a covering for our disobedience.  In Genesis 3:21 God made garments and clothed them.  Throughout the OT lambs were sacrificed to make atonement for sins (see Leviticus 4:32+ as an example).  God told Moses to place a bronze snake on a pole so those who looked at it would live (Numbers 21:6-9).  Throughout the NT we read that Jesus takes away the sin of the world.  For example, in Hebrews chapter 10, “we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10).


 The world, blinded by disobedience, did not recognize him, “He (Jesus) was in the world, and through the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.” (verse 10).


Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…”(verse 12).  “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”(For example: Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:12-14). 


The Life that Jesus wants for us is spelled out in a 3 word New Command (covenant), "Love one another."  With a 5 word example, "As I have loved you..." (John 13:34)

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