The Divine Word Tabernacled with Us (John 1:1-18)
The prologue of John’s Gospel is the simplest Greek in the New Testament and yet it contains the most profound mystery in all of reality. The “Logos,” the “Word of God,” whom we know to be the Son of God, became “flesh” (sarx). “In the beginning” recalls the first words of Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created” . . . and yet behind creation is this Logos, the Word of God, the “only One of His kind”(the monogenes). Therefore, Jesus, the Logos, is both with the Creator God and is in nature and attributes the true God. His light shines in this dark world even now.
John’s Gospel is also famously framed with “signs.” It is best to understand these as seven + one signs. Each sign manifests more fully the Logos made flesh and reveals new creation in Christ. These signs outline the signs Jesus gave to the Church: water, bread, and wine — in baptism and communion. These are signs of His incarnation and presence with us today.
The Seven + One New Creation Signs
1. New Creator: Water into wine (2:1-11)
2. Healer: Prevents death of nobleman’s son (4:46ff)
3. True Sabbath: The paralyzed man at the pool (5:2-9)
4. Bread of Life: Multiplication of loaves (6:1-14)
5. Light of the World: Born blind, healed on Sabbath (9:1-7)
6. Resurrection & Life: Delays/death then raises Lazarus (11:1-44)
7. Living Water: Water & blood on the cross (19:34-35)
+ 8. New Adam/Gardener: Resurrection (20:1-29) “1st day & 8th day
The Divinity of Jesus
The Humanity of Jesus
Begotten not Made
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more