Christ’s Humanity - John 1:1-17, 29-34

The first three gospel books begin with the story of the birth of Jesus; John begins by telling who Jesus is. There is a lot of information in the first five verses of John. Jesus is described as the “Word.” Calling Jesus the “Word” connects Him to the “Word of God” which is used throughout the Old Testament to describe God’s actions, creation, and redemption. Declaring that Jesus was “with God” and “was God” John very clearly states that Jesus is no mere human. Jesus is God. He continues in verse 2 by clarifying that Jesus existed from the very beginning. In addition, Jesus Christ, as part of the Trinity, is the one through whom creation occurred. John also describes Jesus as “the Light.” This paints a clear picture of who Jesus is: He is God.

In verse 6-13 John describes John the Baptist (not the author, John). He was sent to proclaim Jesus. Jesus came into the world that He made and was ignored. They did not recognize their own creator. This is a very sad statement; an indictment against humanity. But, some did recognize Him. They did not see clearly from the beginning, but their vision improved over time.

In verses 1-13 the focus is on Jesus’ deity. He is God. The focus shifts in verses 14-17 and 29-34. Here Jesus is described as human. Think about this. The one who created every single atom humbled Himself—lowered Himself—and became one of His creations. He became human; still fully God, but also fully human. Why? Why would God do such a thing?

Focus on verse 29. John recognized who Jesus was. Jesus is fully God, and fully human. The reason He came? To be the Lamb of God. When you think of Jesus as a “lamb,” picture what we read the past two days about the Passover. Jesus came to be our Passover lamb. He came, he bled, and he died (and came back to life!) so that we could live. The Passover lamb was a yearly reminder to the Jewish people that they had been delivered from Egypt; and a reminder that they still needed deliverance. They also sacrificed lambs many other times for other sacrifices and offerings as a constant reminder that they needed the mercy of God to remove their sins. Jesus, who is fully God and fully human, came as the lamb to put a stop to those sacrifices. To bring fulfillment to the Passover story.

Jesus came as a lamb to the slaughter.

Thoughts to Ponder
Too often we gloss over what it means that Jesus, God Himself, came to earth and became human. Maybe we just get used to the Bible verses, or maybe we stop thinking about it because it hurts our brains just trying to wrap our minds around it. Take some time now to dwell on this paradox. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is fully God and fully human. What an amazing God that would lower Himself for our benefit!

Spend some time thanking God the Father that He sent God the Son, Jesus, to be our lamb. That Jesus came to be the ultimate sacrifice.