1. Bold Beginnings (John 1:1-8)

Joh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Joh 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
Joh 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

The gospel of John bypasses many of the traditional nativity stories concerning Christ. The writer takes us on a journey back in time, literally to the creation of this world. John is not interested in pointing us to the birth of a baby; he would rather take us to the birth of the world and allow us to see Jesus as he was in the portals of eternity. The writer lets us know that Jesus was the Word and as this Word he was the Son of God. He is pointing us to the very acts of creation when Jesus, God's Son spoke this world into existence. The scene then turns to John and he is introduced as the witness that would introduce us to God's Holy Son. John was not Jesus, but he was his selected witness.

1. The Godly Word – Jesus (1-5)

• His Likeness (1)

• His Longevity (2)

• His Labor (3)

• His Life (4)

• His Light (5)

2. The Great Witness – John (6-8)

• His Sending (6)

• His Selection (7a)

• His Subject (7b)

• His Strategy (7c)

• His Subjectivity (8)

2. Liberating Light (John 1:9-14)

Joh 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:
Joh 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

John informs us that the Light of the world has shed his light upon the entire world. This reaffirms the idea that not one person will be found guiltless for disbelieving that Jesus was their savior. The Lord came into this world but they had not realized who he was, nor did they care that he was God's son. He not only was rejected by this world but in turn he was rejected by his very own people, the Jews. This is an indicting remark that John is making here, the Jews were guilty of rejecting God's very own son. He died for the entire world but the only way one can be saved or born again is to make a distinctly personal decision, for him. The moment you are saved you become a child of God. This is an awesome fact to know, you can become a child of God. The apostle tells us that Jesus literally came and lived or set up abode among us, God himself.

1. The Light and His Reflection (9)

2. The Light and His Recognition (10)

3. The Light and His Rejection (11)

4. The Light and His Reception (12)

5. The Light and His Relations (13)

6. The Light and His Revelation (14)

3. Wilderness Witnessing (John 1:15-28)

Joh 1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
Joh 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

1. John's Proclamation (15a)

• His Cry

• His Claim

2. John's Insinuation (15b)

• Jesus the Preferred One

• Jesus the Permanent One

3. John's Observation (16-17)

• Our Fullness

• Our Freedom

4. John's Declaration (18)

• A Diminished View (18a)

• A Declaring Voice (18b)

5. John's Confession (19-23)

• John's Denial (19-21)

• John's Depiction (22-23)

6. John's Deflection (24-27)

• The Pharisees (24)

• The Prophet (25)

• The Person (26-27)

7. John's Location (28)

• Bethabara Was His Place

• Baptizing Was His Program