If your city is anything like mine, Christmas decorations adorn lightposts and Christmas music can be heard in stores and restaurants. Thanksgiving has come and gone and now Christmas is on everyone’s mind. Our new study on John 1-11 launches this Sunday, December 4 and the timing could not be more perfect. December is a great time to begin a study of John’s gospel. We learn significant truths about Jesus in our studies this month. Here are just two:
- Jesus is God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2). The opening verses of this book echo the beginning of Genesis. They also reveal Jesus’s divinity.
- Jesus came to us.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (1:14-15). The Son of God came in the form of a baby so that we could fully grasp God’s glory. This is definitely worth celebrating!
John wrote his gospel so that his readers would “believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing [they] may have life in his name” (20:31). These first few weeks of December will be busy, no doubt. But they can also be formative to our understanding of who Jesus is and what He came to do.