A New Dawn: John 1:1-14A
I. To tell the Savior’s story, John begins in Genesis.
A. Why does John send us back to Genesis?
1 To identify who the Word is.
2. To tell us why the Word came to earth (the mission).
B. Creation was a trinitarian project (Gen. 1:1-4)
1. The triune God created everything.
a. God the Father said, “Let there be…” and it was.
b. The Holy Spirit was hovering over the waters (power).
c. Where is the second Person of the Trinity?
2. The Father spoke (Word) things into existence.
a. The pre-incarnate Christ is the Word proclaimed by the Father.
b. Through Him (the Word) all things were made. (John 1:3)
c. This is a mystery which is hard for us to comprehend.
d. The Father speaks forth the Word with the Spirit’s power.
e. He speaks things into being. That’s awesome power!
3. The Word is God (the Second Person of the Trinity)
a. The Word is also with God (a distinct Person).
II. The Word became flesh because we had a problem.
A. A pattern: God created and declared things “good.”
1. The creation was a reflection of God, who is good.
2. The vastness of the universe (Psalm 97:6).
3. The beauty of a sunset (Psalm 27:4).
4. The complexity of the human eye points to wise design.
5. It all points to the Designer (Romans 1:20).
B. Human beings were the pinnacle of creation (“very good”)
1. We were made in God’s image.
a. It doesn’t mean we look like him (John 4: “God is spirit”).
b. We are spiritual beings, like God.
c. We are thinkers with the capacity to choose(not instinctual).
d. We were good (holy, innocent).
C. An often misunderstood verse (Gen. 3:22).
1. Did God not want us to know good from evil?
a. He did want us to know. It was about how we knew.
b. The Hebrew for “to know” can mean 2 things.
c. We can know intellectually. We can know by experience.
d. He wanted us to know through trusting his Word.
e. Not through testing his Word (by trying it; by experience).
f. Example: Teaching our kids not to use heroin.
2. The temptation was an undermining of trust in God’s Word.
3. God had warned that disobedience would lead to death.
a. He was speaking primarily of spiritual death.
E. The fall: an immediate cataclysmic devastating change.
1. The experience of sin corrupted the human spirit (Eph.2:3-4).
a. Adam was our representative. He died, and we also died.
2. God is perfectly holy. Fallen people cannot dwell with him.
a. Access to God was lost. Our sin separated us from God.
F. Life and light are a package deal (John 1:4)
1. Without God’s life (zoe), we are in the dark.
2. The sun didn’t stop shining. Spiritually, the world went dark.
a. Spiritually dead people cannot see (blindness).
b. It’s about spiritual perception (John 3:3).
G. We were part of the kingdom of darkness (Satan’s dominion).
1. The darkness had an oppressive grip on us.
2. But Jesus came to set us free (Isaiah 61:1) (Colossians 1:13)!
III. Jesus came to restore life and light. It was a rescue mission!
A. In Gen. 1, God said, “Let there be light” and there was light.
B. In John 1, God said, “let there be light” and Jesus was conceived.
C. The light of truth and hope was dawning on a darkened world.
D. A challenge: When we are spiritually blind, we think we can see.
1. Our physical sight works fine, but we are spiritually blind.
a. So we don’t recognize our need (John 1:5).
b. We don’t recognize the Savior, the source of life (John 1:10).
c. So most of Israel were not open to Jesus (John 1:11)
d. Similarly, most people today aren’t open to Jesus (so we pray)
B. The Gospel is about who we are trusting in (John 1: 12).
1. The Greek word for believe means: to trust in, to rely upon.
a. We receive Jesus by trusting in Jesus.
b. We trust that his sacrifice is sufficient.
c. We entrust our lives to Him.
C. Unbelief is not an intellectual issue. It’s a spiritual problem.
2. That’s why we need to pray. People must be “born of God.”