In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
Witness. John, the Disciple who stayed, is recording not opinion, instead eye witness.
1 John 1:1
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
John never felt he had been released from telling about Seeing Jesus become Light on top of the mountain. Seeing Moses, Elijah and Hearing Father God. John's life changed, he knew he was not pursuing a place in a Heavenly Kingdom, but walking with God. John would not leave Jesus. John fully understood exactly who Jesus was. Love.
One aspect of God. This is the Light people report seeing upon returning from death. The reality is Light itself is from God.
1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.”
2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them.4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, and they were talking with Jesus.
Jesus was becoming Light and wanted to be recognized only His Chifton was made to become Light, to look upon Love..
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,
and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Paul knew exactly the same witness of Jesus from the Road to Emmaus
1 Timothy 3
He appeared in the flesh,
was vindicated by the Spirit,
was seen by angels,
was preached among the nations,
was believed on in the world,
was taken up in glory.
These men of God, knew this by faith, seeing forward.
The Holy Spirit was revealing hearts. John the Baptist was held high in his worship.
Jesus understood saying
"I tell you," he replied, "if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out."
15 (John bore witness about him,
and cried out,
“This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,who is at the Father's side, he has made him known.
9 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” 20 He confessed, and did not deny, but confessed, “I am not the Christ.” 21 And they asked him, “What then? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” And he answered, “No.” 22 So they said to him, “Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23 He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
24 (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) 25 They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” 26 John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, 27 even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.” 28 These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
Jesus was not going to turn people away.
"Do not stop him," Jesus said, "for whoever is not against you is for you."
A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory.
29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30 This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ 31 I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32 And John bore witness: “I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. 33 I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
34 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
35 The next day again John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as he walked by and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. 38 Jesus turned and saw them following and said to them, “What are you seeking?” And they said to him, “Rabbi” (which means Teacher), “where are you staying?”
39 He said to them, “Come and you will see.” So they came and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour.
Come and see -
The Bible is presenting us with so many archaeological finds, my generation began in ignorance. We were taught the Census of Augustus and Pontius Pilate were a myth. The Hittite Empire was a myth, until their entire library was uncovered to completely parallel the Bible as actual history. We have even found in this generation, David and Goliath on pottery of the correct age in Goliath's home town. The Palace of King David located from reading the Scripture. The seal of Baruch, the servant of Jeremiah found in the Bible in King David's prison exactly as Jeremiah wrote of Baruch helping Jeremiah in that exact place in 757 B.C. The Babylonian Chronicles exactly agree. The History Channel tells us of the Plagues of the Exodus are found. And the Ipuwer Papyrus tells us this is also true. The Tax rolls of Thutmose III tell of Joseph and Goshen.
40 One of the two who heard John speak and followed Jesus was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which means Christ). 42 He brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon the son of John. You shall be called Cephas” (which means Peter).
The Rock that kept Peter's bones intact is 80 feet below the altar of the Vatican.
43 The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Follow me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.”
47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”
48 Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.”
49 Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”
50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” 51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
This is the exact living Word explanation, Father God knows our hearts.
Always help our soul to be a warm hearth for Your Holy Spirit to dwell.
We will place steadfast love and justice in our souls
- being a joyous place of music.
Relying upon Jesus to be our righteousness and His gift to make
us blameless in the sight of God.
Jesus will be our integrity of heart within our souls.
We will cling to the Mercy and Grace of Jesus, Son of God.
We will speak truthfully and with mercy.
Placing a haughty look and arrogant heart far from our earnest
reverence of You, Father God.
Father God promises He will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
that we may dwell with Him.
We will put deceit and lies far from us in Jesus Christ.
And our eyes will behold Jesus in His Heavenly City.
We will be diligent in our prayers to Bless the People we Love
and the People You have given us. Amen in the Highest Name of Jesus.