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10th May 2024


Who is Jesus – John 1

John has spelt out to his readers how Jesus is both fully God & fully man.
The Eternal Word, Creator & True light who has took on flesh & blood.
God with us, fully as a man, bringing grace, truth & salvation. So, so good.
The only begotten Son being full of grace & truth (John 1:14 & 17).
Of His fullness we have ALL received grace upon grace (John 1:16). SELAH
John next reveals that Jesus is the Anointed One – the Messiah. This is today’s theme.


For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. John 1:17-18 NKJV

He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:4-42 NKJV


John now introduces the title of the man who is God incarnate – Jesus Christ.
Christ means anointed one & Messiah. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the Anointed One of God – He is the Messiah.
John declares what the first disciples witnessed & knew by heavenly revelation.
Jesus is the One who will fulfil all the Messianic promises made to Israel.
Jesus is the One who will be & will win, the ultimate & eternal victory of God. SELAH

Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, reveals truth wrapped in tender mercy.
The only begotten Son, the unique one & only Son, reveals the splendour of God’s glory.
He lives in the deepest intimacy with the Father – in His bosom – close to his very heart.
As a result he reveals God’s heart fully overflowing with tender mercy & truth.
Grace, heaped upon grace, is what flows forth to us from Jesus Christ. SELAH

Out of Christ’s fulness & the superabundance of His grace & truth we have ALL received.
Grace upon grace, spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing, favour upon favour & gift upon gift. Wow!!
Jesus though His intimate presence with the Father has revealed the very essence & divine nature of God.
Jesus Christ has fully explained & demonstrated to humanity, once & for all time, who God is & what He is like.
What a wonderful revelation & what a breathtakingly beautiful picture of it John is painting for us.
John leaves us in no doubt that Jesus Christ has fully revealed the awesome wonder of the Father.
‘in Christ’ the Anointed One, the Messiah, you are abundantly blessed. Hallelujah!!

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I living in the fullness that Christ is & brings?
  • How am I being blessed through, & benefiting from, the anointing of Christ my Lord?
  • Meditate upon Jesus Christ, the Anointed One, & promised Messiah.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that in Christ You fully revealed who You are,
And that You made a way for me to live in fellowship with You.
Jesus, Anointed One, Messianic King, thank you that Your anointing breaks the yoke of sin, death & evil,
And that You have brought me salvation in the light, life & love of God.
Holy Spirit keep me living in the fullness that Jesus makes available,
Walking in the grace & truth that is the way of Christ.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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