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There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
— John 1:6 (KJV)
We appear to discover a man named "John". Who is this John? Based on the context, this is likely John the Baptist. John the Baptist is not only an important figure among us Christians, but among the Mandaeans as well. Regardless, he is a very important prophet to many people.
The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
— John 1:7 (KJV)
We see more emphasis on John, and a stress that he is not the Messiah. He "came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light" - from John 1:7. Who is the Light or ΦΩΤΟΣ (Fotos)? I think this is a clear reference to the Savior.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
— John 1:8 (KJV)
We note here a further stress, apparently that John the Baptist is not the Messiah. For the time this text was written, such a stress may have been an important note. Many people may have still thought that John was the promised Messiah.
That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
— John 1:9 (KJV)
This is a powerful verse, because it states that the Light "lighteth every man" - from John 1:9. We all get to partake in the Light.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
— John 1:10 (KJV)
There is a reminder that Christ is a Creator G-d. The statement that the world didn't know him could be considered foreshadowing.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
— John 1:11 (KJV)
His "own" may be a reference to the Hebrews. This verse is almost definitely foreshadowing for what is to come in the story.
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
— John 1:12 (KJV)
I am not sure if "sons of God" means adoptive daughters and sons of Christ or literal offspring of Heavenly Father. Moreover, there is emphasis on the name of Jesus Christ. Names of G-ds are important in a number of cultures. Certain words are used with great reverence. The name of the G-d of the Old Testament was used so little that modern linguists still are unsure about how to pronounce it. I've read that the name of Jesus was originally something like "Yeshua" (an alternative of "Joshua") which, I've read somewhere, means something like "Salvation" or "He Who Saves".
Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
— John 1:13 (KJV)
Once again, I am not sure if the reference is to literal or symbolic offspring.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
— John 1:14 (KJV)
This verse is exciting, because we find another reference to the Logos or Word. We can also note that the verse seems to indicate that the Word wasn't always a Being of flesh and blood. Furthermore, we appear to discover a reference to Heavenly Father. Why is the Word "the only begotten" - from John 1:14 (KJV)? For this, I am not so sure.
John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.
— John 1:15 (KJV)
We should meditate on this verse. What does it mean that "he was before me" - from John 1:15 (KJV)?
And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.
— John 1:16 (KJV)
This is a short verse, but I enjoy the mention of grace. This verse is short and sweet.
For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
— John 1:17 (KJV)
Now things get interesting, if one didn't consider that to already be the case. What is "the law"? "Torah" means law. This verse isn't denying the legitimacy of the law of Moses the Prophet, but claiming that "grace and truth came by Jesus Christ" - from John 1:16 (KJV). We can also note that the name of the Savior is finally used here.
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
— John 1:18
This is the last verse we will discuss and meditate on in this lesson. Is "God" in this context Jesus or the Father? This is an important question to consider. Moreover, Heavenly Father and his Son are mentioned in the same verse. The entirety of this Gospel is very well-written. I love the style of writing applied herein.
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