Hope Is Here Week 1

December 18, 2022 Preacher: Phil Courson Series: Hope Is Here

Topic: Hope Scripture: John 1:1–5

Hope Is Here
December 18 th 2022

John 1:1-5
“This is the unique, tender, genuine chief Gospel. …Should a tyrant succeed in
destroying the Holy Scriptures and only a single copy of the Epistle to the Romans and
the Gospel according to John escape him, Christianity would be saved.” M. Luther
“God, in the person of Jesus, has entered our world to bring hope, light and
salvation to those who believe.”
I. Jesus is the Eternal Word (v.1-2)
v.1,2 – “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God. He was in the beginning with God.”
“The prologue to John is not about a message that offers hope, but about The Message
that is the only hope. It is not about an idea, but a person.” Gary Burge
“In the beginning…”
Moses confronts us with the majesty of God in creation in Genesis 1:1 John confronts
us with the majesty of the eternal Deity of Jesus Christ in John 1:1.
It is foundational to the Christian faith and crucial to your personal faith that you
understand and embrace the truth that Jesus Christ is fully God.
v.2 – “He was with God in the beginning.”
Jesus who always was God, became Man in a moment in time, doing so without
ceasing to be God! Amazing truth! John never says Christ became God but only that
He was(always) God!

II. Jesus is the Creator (v.3)
v.3 – “All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that
was made.
"The whole of creation is included in one broad sweep. Nothing is outside the range of
his activity.” Leon Morris
“For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether throne or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through
him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”
Colossians 1:16,17

III. Jesus is Life and Light (v.4,5)
v.4,5 – “In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the
darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
What does John mean when he declares that Jesus Christ is the light of men? 
By this title, Jesus is revealed as the One who knows God the Father and who makes
him known.
Light is a universal image for the illumination of the mind through understanding. Before
Christ came into the world, the world was in darkness.
The world did not know God. Christ came. His light shone before men. Then men had
light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 

IV. Conclusion