Real Life Defined

WHO IS JESUS? – Real Life Defined
John 1:1-18

Real life defined by: The Foundational Truth

Who is Jesus? Life, Light, Grace, Truth, Power, Creator, Sent with a Purpose, Adoption through Reception.

  • The Supremacy of Christ. (John 1:1-2) he is a person not a principle, near not distant.
  • Why should I trust Him with my life? The Source of Life. (John 1:3-5)
    • Materially – creation / made by him (1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:16)
    • Spiritually – Life and Light – John 1:4 is past tense, while John 1:5 is present tense.

Real life defined by: The Historical Truth

  • The truth of Jesus has always stood greater than the personalities of history. (John 1:6-9) John reflects the light, he is not the light.
  • The truth of Jesus has always demanded a response from the lives of mankind throughout history. (John 1:10-13)
    • Rejection – familiarity can blind us to the truth and we don’t see his supremacy.
    • Reception – we are adopted into the family, not by Jewish descent.

Real life defined by: The Personal Truth

  • We engage with His glory. (John 1:14-15)
  • We experience His mercy. (John 1:16-17)
  • We enjoy His presence. (John 1:18)

Questions for Further Discussion:

  1. What are some of the slang expressions you used growing up?
  2. In what ways are words different from visual images?
  3. Why does John’s gospel start at creation rather with the birth story?
  4. What are some facts about the Word we discover in John 1:1-5?
  5. Who is the Word? (John 1:1)
  6. What is the relationship between the Word and God? (John 1:1-2)
  7. What was the Word’s role in creation? (John 1:3)
  8. How is the “life” the light of men? (John 1:4)
  9. What was John’s role in relation to the light? (John 1:6)
  10. How did the light give light to every person? (John 1:9)
  11. Why didn’t the world recognize the light? (John 1:10)
  12. What is the benefit of receiving or believing in the Word? (John 1:12)
  13. How and why did the Word make His dwelling among us? (John 1:14)
  14. Whose glory did the Word reveal? (John 1:14)
  15. What did God give us through Moses? (John 1:17)
  16. What did God give us through Jesus? (John 1:18)
  17. Why is it significant that no one has seen God but “God the One and Only”? (John 1:18)
  18. Why did the Word become flesh and live among us?
  19. How does a person receive the Word?
  20. What happens when we receive or believe in the Word?
  21. In what way can you receive or welcome Christ into your life?
  22. What insights can you gain from seeing Jesus as God’s Word?
  23. How should being a child of God affect our lives?
  24. In what way is John an example for us to follow?
  25. How did Jesus reveal God’s glory to us?
  26. What do you need to do to be certain of your relationship with God?
  27. What will you do this week to better enjoy your status as a child of God?
  28. How should the reality that God became a man affect your life today?
  29. Where are you keeping Jesus?
    1. Is he a resident in your dwelling?
    2. Is he standing in the front hall?
    3. Is he kept in the parlor or living room?
    4. Are there rooms where he is uninvited?
    5. Does he possess the keys to the dwelling?

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