Questions for John 1:1-18

Read John 1:1-18. The first words of John’s Gospel—“In the Beginning”—echo the opening of the start of Genesis, the first book in the Old Testament: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Why does John begin his story of Jesus with his reference to the story of creation?

In the Old Testament, God regularly acts by means of his “word.” What he says, happens—in Genesis itself, and regularly thereafter. “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made” (Psalm 33:6). God’s word is the one thing that will last, even though people and plants wither and die (Isaiah 40:6-8). God’s word will go out of his mouth and bring life, healing and hope to Israel and the whole creation (Isaiah 55:10-11)

How does the Old Testament Background help us understand what John is trying to tell us about the “Word [who] became flesh” (v. 14)?

The theme of this passage: If you want to know who the true God is, look long and hard at Jesus. How does our understanding of God get off track when we try to think about who he is apart from Jesus?

Perhaps the most exciting thing about this opening passage is that we’re in it too: “To anyone who did accept him” (v. 12)—that means anyone at all, then and now. You don’t have to be born into a particular family or part of the world. God wants people from everywhere to be born in a new way, born into the family he began through Jesus and which has since spread through the world. Anyone can become a “child of God” in this sense, a sense which goes beyond all the fact that all humans are special in God’s sight. Something can happen to people in this life which causes them to become new people, people who (as v.12 says) “believe in his name.”

How does believing in the name of Jesus transform someone’s life that he or she becomes a new person?

Who is someone you can pray for and to simply share that they can become a child of God through His Son, Jesus Christ?