John 1: Bible Study Guide


John 1: Worship Guide/ 43-BSG-1A, (John 1:29)/ Theme: Christ, the Lamb of God/ Hymn: I would be like Jesus! [Author: James Rowe]

Exploration: Lev 16:21-22; 1 Cor 5:7; 1 Pet 1:19; Rev. 5:5-6; 13:8.                                           

Reflection: In the Prologue to John’s gospel, John draws our attention to the origin of the Word (1–2); the work and nature of the Word (3–5); the revelation of the Word (6–13); the Word became flesh (14–18). The next section deals with the testimony of John The Baptist: John tells us who John the Baptist is (19–28); John the Baptist tells us who Jesus Christ is (29–34). In the last section we see the testimony of the first disciples (1:35–51). There are many themes here, but for the purpose of our Worship Hour this morning, let us focus our attention on Jn 1:29. “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

Devotional Implication: Jesus came primarily to die for our sins! At the dawn of His ministry, Jesus was greeted with words declaring His destiny – His sacrificial agony and death on the cross for the sin of mankind. John the Baptist introduced Him as “the Lamb of God,” the sacrificial Lamb pictured in the OT Sanctuary. In the last volume of the Bible, He is called “the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world” (Rev. 13:8). You would think that the people would be thrilled by His arrival. Instead, the Scripture says — “He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him.” (Jn 1:11, AMP)

Why? He was too humble for their liking, and He did not fit into their definition of a Deliverer. He was even born in a manger! By rejecting Him, they rejected everlasting Life in heaven. What they did not know was that the humble Visitor created our world, and owns all the silver and gold in it; but He came as the poorest of the poor. He is eternal, having no beginning and no end, and He is the very owner of the breath of life in every one of us, including those who rejected Him. In fact, Eternal Life is obtained only as we accept Him as LORD and Saviour.

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, when Christ came into the world, He was not well received because of pride. The opposite of humility is pride. Humanity got pride from Satan, who though a created being, wanted to be like the Creator (Isa. 14:12-14). In this lesson, I am inviting you to be humble, to be like Jesus. Jesus Christ is the essence of humility (Jn. 1:14, Phil. 2:7-8). The more you behold Jesus, the more humble you will become, and this is the only way to keep overcoming the human pride. Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to be humble and obedient like Jesus.

Have A Blessed Day: Jesus Christ “stripped Himself [of all privileges and rightful dignity], so as to assume the guise of a servant (slave), in that He became like men and was born a human being. And after He had appeared in human form, He abased and humbled Himself [still further] and carried His obedience to the extreme of death, even the death of the cross!” (Philippians 2:7–8, AMP)

Worship Through Singing: Earthly pleasures vainly call me [Author: James Rowe]