River Rock Baptist Church
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
All To The Glory of God

John Lesson #2

 
When God Became a Man

 

John 1:1-14

 
 

1.     Jesus' Revelation [next week His rejection]

v. 1         Jesus is the Word.

Notice the last phrase: the Word WAS God. That verb is in a tense which means eternal existence. He always WAS God. He never BECAME God. He is the eternally existent one. Here He is merely revealed to us...that's why #1 is His Revelation. 

 
3 words about His revelation:
·      Incarnation. 
v. 14        'made flesh'

God Almighty limited His dimensions to that of a human body! We seem to picture Him w/ an aura around him and a holy halo, but he was flesh and bone, with limbs and hair. He had internal organs. He ate and processed food. He wasn't a phantom spirit. He who at His core was God was 100% man...God robed in flesh. He was as much human as we are!

 

John 4:7 says Jesus got thirsty, and in chapter 11 that He sighed [groaned from within] over the death of a friend, Lazarus, and then He outwardly wept literal tears, just as He bled literal blood, and His heart stopped and He died...the eternal God died in human form just like we will. All these things He did just like we do except to sin -- good thing He was human, for He was our substitute!

 

There's no way we can completely wrap our heads around this truth of God taking on human flesh...this is why we call it the mystery of the incarnation.

1 Timothy 3:16
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh...

100% God / 100% man doesn't compute, it's a mystery/miracle!

 

The OT oft times predicts His coming as God and King, but sometimes as a man, such as:

Isaiah 53:3
He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows...

Isaiah 9:6
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Which is it? God or Man? Both are right!
 

ill.--in Luke 2 we have the only story from Jesus' childhood. He wisely answered the questions from the doctors and theologians. I'm sure one of their questions was, "How old are you?" This is speculation, but He could have answered, "On my mother's side I'm 12, but on my Father's side I'm much older than my mother and the same age as my Father! Oh, also, before Abraham was, I am!"

        And all His life there was this dual nature. He would get thirsty on His mother's side, but on His Father's side He was the water of life! [hungry...bread of life / no money or possessions...owned cattle on 1,000 hills / wept at the tomb...'Lazarus come forth' / fell under load of the cross...bore the sins of all mankind on His shoulders / on His mother's side He died...on His Father's side He rose!

 
v. 14        'made flesh'
 
Incarnation...
 
·      Identification
v. 14        'and dwelt among us'

"Dwelt" is from the root translated 'tabernacle', and our minds go back to the OT tabernacle, that portable temple. God had commanded that tabernacle to be built. So, why would God want us to build it? To picture Christ. To worship. But most of all, so that He might dwell among His people!

 

God doesn't want to watch from a distance.

Exodus 25:8
And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

God is on the scene and highly involved in every aspect of every day, and in this age of grace He not only dwells among us but in us who are saved!

·      Illumination
v. 14        'and we beheld his glory'

When Christ came to earth He revealed the glory of God!

'Beheld' comes from Greek 'theo-omai' = theatre! It means to gaze at intently. The disciples saw the curtain rise and the spotlights shone on that lovely face, and they knew they were looking at God! We beheld His glory!

John 2:11
This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.

It says His miracles manifested His glory! And as we study this wonderful book I pray we will see His glory and come to know Him better than ever, because it's not just a theatre production...we get to go backstage and take pictures, get the autograph, get coffee and commune with Him, and then He invites us to His house, and after many good times reveals that this is OUR house, and He has built it for us forever!

 

You say, I need to know that God, but I don't know how.

 

John 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Believe and receive!