1 John 1:1-4/ The Word of Life (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on January 9, 2014


This is first in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of January 5, 2014. This message deals with who Jesus is, and the joy that He brings. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

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1 John 1:1-4

The first words of John’s first letter attests to the eternal nature of Jesus Christ, a truth which is also echoed elsewhere in Scripture.

Genesis 1:1

John 1:1

That Jesus is both the Word and the Life, is attested to not only here but in John 1:1, 4

Revelation 1:8 Speaks both to the eternity of Christ, and to Christ as the Word.

As Jesus says, He is the beginning and the end. . . eternal.

He is also the alpha and omega. This represents both the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. . . and everything in between.

If Jesus had been speaking in english, He would have referred to Himself as the A and the Z.

Every book I have, is composed of words. Those words are all created from the same 26 letters of the alphabet.

Jesus is THE Word. He encompasses every letter. He is the first word, He is the last word. Jesus encompasses everything that there is to be said.

When you say Jesus, you’ve said it all, and when Jesus speaks, there is nothing more to say.

Jesus is THE authority, He IS God, which is the central theme of all the Bible.

Jesus was in the beginning, and Jesus created the universe.

John 1:3

Until you accept that Jesus is just as much God as He is man, until you accept that Jesus is the creator of the universe, all other quests for wisdom and knowledge will be a waste of time.

Jesus must be the Creator to be the Savior.

Jesus must be God to have the authority to forgive our sins.

Jesus must be man to pay the penalty for sin. Jesus must be alive to make intercession for us today.

If you get Jesus wrong, it doesn’t matter what else you get right!

Jesus even went so far as to give us proof of who He is.

Jesus was heard, so He provided auditory proof.

Jesus was seen with their eyes, so He provided visual proof.

Jesus was touched and handled, providing positive proof.

Because of the physical proof of His existence, which the apostles testified to, we know that Jesus was a real man.

He was manifested.

John 1:14

Jesus also proved that He was God.

John was a true apostle, an eyewitness to Jesus Christ. He saw Jesus as both man and God.

He saw Jesus work miracles, which defied the very laws of nature. He did things that no mere man could do, and John witnessed it.

John was there when Jesus turned the water into wine. He was there when Jesus hung on the cross and died.

John witnessed the resurrected Jesus. . . only God has power over death.

These things are proof positive that Jesus is God.

There should be no doubt that Jesus is precisely who He says He is, and John is declaring these things.

Here we see Jesus’ purpose, which John continues to declare. That purpose is fellowship.

Because of the work of Jesus we can have fellowship with Him, with the Father, and with other believers.

This fellowship can only be obtained through Jesus Christ.

Salvation through Christ provides a common thread for all believers, no matter how different their backgrounds.

Jesus Christ is the common bond that provides fellowship and holds the church together.

Because we are sinners, it is also impossible to have fellowship with the Father, unless its through Jesus Christ.

This fellowship is a wonderful blessing, which brings great joy.

Joy is the second reason Christ came to earth.

1 John 1:4 tells us that Jesus came “that your joy may be full.”

Jesus, Himself makes this point in John 15:11, Joy is divine.
It is His joy.

The Bible has so much to say about joy, that it is impossible to list it all here, but here is a sampling.

Because of our fellowship with Jesus, we can have joy in our afflictions.

1 Thessalonians 1:6

Our joy is IN The Lord.

Psalm 5:11

We have joy in the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:17

We can be filled with joy.

Acts 13:52

Repentance brings joy.

Luke 15:7, 10

The hope of glory brings joy.

1 Peter 4:13

Jesus died and was resurrected for joy.

Hebrews 12:2

Joy is a wonderful gift from God, which is only obtained through Jesus Christ.

How could you not enthusiastically declare such a thing?

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