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In the Big Inning

June 26, 2022

Going Deeper in "In the Big Inning"

John 1:1-16

The Word Became Flesh

1 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; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.

Read the following a few times:

John 1:1-16

Isaiah 40:6-8

1 Corinthians 2:14

Ephesians 3:18-19

John launches straight into truths about God. Of all the Gospel writers, John most clearly presents Jesus as the great Creator God of the universe. Understanding who he is and what he has done will lead you to profound wonder and worship.

Reflect on the following:

1.      What do you know about the meaning and history of your name? What are some the names for Jesus in John 1:1-16 and what do they mean?

2.      What are some specific truths we can learn about Jesus from these verses? How did John use imagery and symbolism to communicate truth here?

3.      In the beginning was the Word. Why are God’s words powerful? What Scriptures show the power of God’s Word?

4.      Why does John call Jesus “the Word”? What does this title tell us about Jesus? What does John want us to believe about Jesus from this passage?

5.      Describe the connection between Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1. How does this connection show a distinction between Jesus and creation? How do these verses help us understand the truth that Jesus is fully God and fully man?

6.      Why did Jesus come to earth? What would the world look like if Jesus had not brought the light of the gospel?

7.      Are there moments in your life when you feel overwhelmed by anxiety, fear, or isolation? How does the picture of Jesus as a light shining in the darkness speak to you?

Respond in one of the following ways:

1.      The light of God shines in spite of the best effort of the powers of darkness to extinguish it. Thank God for the many ways He has been a light for you in times of darkness.

2.      Think about the different ways you have experienced grace from God. As different examples come to mind, stop to express thanks and praise to God. Express yourself out loud, using your voice to worship him.