Vs. 1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” What an incredible opening for John’s gospel as he reminds us about the Word. Question: Who was the Word? Jesus. I took Greek last semester in Seminary and the “Word is logos”. It was important for John to use “logos” to explain to his main audience (Gentiles) that Jesus was in fact God (vs. 1-18). John the Baptist also pointed Andrew and us to Jesus as the Lamb of God (vs. 19-35). And lastly, we see Jesus call Philip and Nathanael (vs. 43-51) and show us His omniscience (all knowing).
Regarding application…Jesus Knows. Vs. 48, “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” I remember being a child how amazed I was that every Christmas, Santa just seemed to magically know what I wanted. The year I got my banana seat one gear bicycle named the Screaming Eagle, I just couldn’t believe Santa knew. Part of that allure is what helps children believe more in Santa. Interestingly enough, this is what happened to Nathanael. Nathanael was amazed that Jesus knew. This amazement certainly helped him to not only acknowledge Jesus, but believe in Him. The faith factor for us is to remember that the same Jesus who knew Nathanael under the fig tree is the same Jesus that knows what’s going on in our lives. Sometimes we live this life feeling like no one knows what’s going on. No knows the trouble or sorrows that we have inside. But Jesus knows.
Vs. 11, “Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience.” God promised “rest” for His people of Israel, but they failed to enter that rest due to disobedience. We are not just talking about the literal “Sabbath Rest”…we are talking about a spiritual rest. A rest that can be peaceful even in times of turmoil and struggle. Question: How do we enter that rest? By turning in faith to His Word (Vs. 12) and approaching the throne of Grace (Vs. 16)! Wonderful biblical passages that we see here in this chapter! We are also reminded that Jesus was the final great High Priest who knows all of our struggles because He went through it too.
Regarding application…God Know’s Our Hearts. Vs. 12, “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.“ I love this verse! All of us should have this verse memorized! God knows the thoughts and attitudes of our hearts! Question: Isn’t that great? We don’t have to put on a facade with God…He already knows. We can hide our thoughts from others…but we can’t hide from God. Adam & Eve would learn that lesson about trying to hide. There’s almost a peace in knowing that we don’t have to hide and pretend to be someone else. And if you are not feeling right with God…you can either run or let God heal your wounded heart. Speaking of wounded hearts, don’t forget to pray for the tornado victims! What a sad unexpected tragedy for them!