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December 25, 2020icon-download-pdf-wp

Gospel: John 1:1-14 (15-18)
Epistle: Hebrews 1:1-6 (7-12)
Lesson: Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm: Psalm 2

 

People’s Bible Commentary – John

“‘In him was life.’ As the Word made all things, he gave life to the created beings. The term life used here, however, means significantly more thanbiological life, the pumping heart, the coursing blood. Here and 35 other times in his gospel, John uses this particular word as a spiritual term, often qualified as ‘eternal life.’

The life John speaks of comes in connection with the Word. The Word brings God into fellowship with humankind. In so doing, the Word brings the life that we can experience only with God.

We can say, naturally, that all human beings have life. We say it of birds, animals, and plants too. That’s our way of saying they exist with certain properties of growth and an ability to consume nourishment or that they have certain chemical properties we scientifically identify with living things. That life also comes from God. He gives it to all people regardless of whether or not they ever believe in him.

However, those who know and believe God through the Word (Christ) have a new life with God that is full and endures forever. They have life entirely as God meant it for us in his perfect creation before sin brought death. They have real life, God’s kind of life. They come into communion with God himself.”

Baumler, G.P., People’s Bible Commentary – John. St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 1997.

 

The NIV Application Commentary – John

“This is the hope to which John clings: Despite the fallenness and corruption of humanity—a corruption at the very heart of things, despite the hostility of humanity to God—nevertheless God empowers men and women to be transformed and become his children )1:12). This is hope: that despite the darkness, One Light shined and this Light worked to illumine others. Despite the darkness, the glory of God radiated in the world (1:14b), displaying the grace and truth of the Father (1:14a).

This is an essentially modern message because we live in a culture that is looking for hope. For some, hope has been anchored in human systems and possibilities. For younger generations, there often seems to be no hope, and as they look at their world, they feel despair. The key here is that I must proclaim a Christological eschatology, an ultimate and final message that is anchored in the possibilities brought about through God in Christ.”

Burge, G.M., The NIV Application Commentary – John. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2000.

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