1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19 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.
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.
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).
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.”
Father God has been seeing all of us since Genesis 1, Genesis 3 Father God assures us, He fully understands us. John 1 Jesus picks the event back up and says mankind has within him the goodness Father God wants to draw us to Him and keep us forever. Jesus says I saw you praying under the fig tree and mankind, you and me, jumps up with Incredible Enthusiasm and says "Me? You saw Me? YOU LOVE ME!!! YOU ARE GOD!!! No one sees me! Yet You, God, understand me and Love me!" The Good, Good News is ~ HE SURELY and COMPLETELY DOES LOVE YOU!!!
Jesus says into all of His Creation, He sees this as "Good." And God sees far. Sure the equation is balanced, God sees what is in mankind and He does not entrust Himself to us, until Joseph (of Armimathea, huh, same name...) Mary, John, and Nicodemus will be there to play their important part in the victory over death.
We Love God because He loves us. First.
The nice part of understanding Genesis to John's True Gospel is this - this is the same Father God, represented fully by His Son Jesus Christ - God does not change.
The same God. Yesterday today and tomorrow.
The same wonderful Father God who in His unparalleled wisdom is the Holy Spirit creating His Throne opening with the 12 Pearl Gates, always open, like His Prayer Policy in Steadfast Love. Beautiful trees lead to His Throne, the announcement carpet is shining water running from His Throne and surrounded by His favorite colors, Emerald Green and then Red. The colors of the Gospel of Matthew and Luke explaining Jesus.
Genesis to Gospels, God is interweaving His Good for the faithful. Romans 8 assures us. We bless Father God. Thank You. Thank You for Jesus. Amen.
Heaven, is of course, centered on this Magnificent Father God and His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Hear Oh Israel, the Lord thy God is One. Alpha to Omega.
As Believers of Christ Jesus, we believe in the Gospel of God,
We are loved by God and called to be saints,
Let the Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ fill us.
We thank our God through Jesus Christ for all of the People we Love and pray for. We lift up their concerns to You. In Christ Jesus the Lord. Amen.
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