Hello! Allow me to give you the Expositors Bible Commentary on John 1:1-17:
In the opening verses of this Epistle we have a sentence whose ample and prolonged prelude has but one parallel in St. John’s writings. It is, as an old divine says, “prefaced and brought in with more magnificent ceremony than any passage in Scripture.”
The very emotion and enthusiasm with which it is written, and the sublimity of the exordium as a whole, tend to make the highest sense also the most natural sense. Of what or of whom does St. John speak in the phrase “concerning the Lord of Life,” or “the Lord who is the Life”? The neuter “that which” is used for the masculines “He who”-according to St. John’s practice of employing the neuter comprehensively when a collective whole is to be expressed. The phrase “from the beginning,” taken by itself, might no doubt be employed to signify the beginning of Christianity, or of the ministry of Christ. But even viewing it as entirely isolated from its context of language and circumstance, it has a greater claim to be looked upon as from eternity or from the beginning of the creation. Other considerations are decisive in favour of the last interpretation.
(1) We have already adverted to the lofty and transcendental tone of the whole passage, elevating as it does each clause by the irresistible upward tendency of the whole sentence. “The climax and resting place cannot stop short of the bosom of God.”
(2) But again, we must also bear in mind that the Epistle is everywhere to be read with the Gospel before us, and the language of the Epistle to be connected with that of the Gospel. The procemium of the Epistle is the subjective version of the objective historical point of view which we find at the close of the preface to the Gospel. “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us”; so St. John begins his sentence in the Gospel with a statement of a historical fact. But he proceeds, “and we delightedly beheld His glory”; that is a statement of the personal impression attested by his own consciousness and that of other witnesses. But let us note carefully that in the Epistle, which is in subjective relation to the Gospel, this process is exactly reversed. The Apostle begins with the personal impression; pauses to affirm the reality of the many proofs in the realm of fact of that which produced this impression through the senses upon the conceptions and emotions of those who were brought into contact with the Saviour; and then returns to the subjective impression from which he had originally started.
(3) Much of the language in this passage is inconsistent with our understanding by the Word the first announcement of the Gospel preaching. One might of course speak of hearing the commencement of the Gospel message, but surely not of seeing and handling it.
(4) It is a noteworthy fact that the Gospel and the Apocalypse begin with the mention of the personal Word. This may well lead us to expect that Logos should be used in the same sense in the procemium of the great Epistle by the same author.
We conclude then that when St. John here speaks of the Word of Life, he refers to something higher again than the preaching of life, and that he has in view both the manifestation of the life which has taken place in our humanity, and Him who is personally at once the Word and the Life. The procemium may be thus paraphrased. “That which in all its collective influence was from the beginning as understood by Moses, by Solomon, and Micah; which we have first and above all heard in divinely human utterances, but which we have also seen with these very eyes; which we gazed upon with the full and entranced sight that delights in the object contemplated; and which these hands handled reverentially at His bidding. I speak all this concerning the Word who is also the Life.”
Interestingly, The entire Gospel of John give us a bigger picture of who Christ is that we simply do not see everytime Christmas hits, Most of the time we read that during the Holy Week.
In the First chapter, we see the clear description of who Jesus is: The Word of God who became flesh and dwelt among us, He is full of Grace and Truth and as being described by John the Baptist: The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
John MacArthur on his commentary sermon on John 1 said: “John opens his gospel with 18 verses that we would call a prologue, a prologue. This is John talking theologically.
Starting in verse 19 he goes into the narrative part of it in which he starts to tell the story of Jesus’ life in the world. And he goes into the statements that Jesus makesand the works that He does and the miracles He performs, and gives us the wonderful story all the way to the cross and the resurrection. But in the opening prologue he makes his thesis statement. And the statement in the opening prologue is that Jesus is God in human flesh. That He is the Creator of the universe who has become a part of His creation. He is pure, eternal being who has become a man. That is John’s message, that Jesus is not a created man; He is God in human flesh. And that, dear friends, that is the most essential doctrine in the Christian faith. That is it. And that is why there have been and continue to be so many heresies concerning Jesus Christ, concerning the essence,or the nature, or the person of Jesus Christ. This is the important doctrine in the Christian faith. It must be known; it must be believed for someone to escape hell and enter heaven, that Jesus is God.”
Summed up in four words at the beginning of verse 14, “The Word became flesh.” “The Word became flesh.” That is the central truth of Christianity. That is the theme of John’s gospel. And that is the required conviction for anyone who will escape hell, to understand that “the Word became flesh.”
If we want to understand the True Message of Christianity and even Christmas, The Book of John will give us the message.
The Book of John gives us a glimpse of who Jesus is so that we can understand that Christmas is Truly about Him. Here it goes:
1.JESUS is the Ressurection and the Life.
2.JESUS is the Bread of Life.
3.JESUS is the Living Water.
4.JESUS and the Father are ONE.
5.JESUS is the Good Shepherd.
6.JESUS is the Door of Salvation.
7.JESUS is the Way, Truth and Life.
So what was JESUS’ Prayer for us as Christmas is now fast approaching?
“This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” (John 17:3, NASB)
Christmas is about Eternal Life in Christ Jesus.
Not about Monito Monita.Not about Parties. Not Even about Exchange Gifts. Not even Commercialism.