This passage is so packed with Christology it’s not even funny. John (most likely John, I should say) wastes no time in introducing what he sees as the most important news about who Jesus is. He makes it clear that the Word has been there right from the beginning with God, and now Jesus is the Word incarnate. John doesn’t use a lot of time to introduce the reader to the birth or childhood of the incarnate Jesus, as the other Gospels do. Instead he emphasizes the reality that Jesus isn’t just a man, he’s not just a great teacher or a prophet like John. He’s the one. The Jesus he knows is the one who is the only Son from the Father full of grace and truth and the one who is here to save us all.
One version I love of this passage states that, “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood." We all know what it’s like to have a new neighbor, maybe a new employee at the workplace, maybe a new baby in the family. It’s a chance for us to meet somebody new, learn a little about them and open ourselves up in a fresh way. So when Jesus moves into the neighborhood here it’s time for us to do the same with Him. You see, John knows Jesus. John took the time to follow him around, to introduce himself and let Jesus in. He doesn’t feel the need to explain himself, knowing the details of his life. He just wants you to know his favorite thing about Jesus; John wants you to know that Jesus is the guy. He is the neighbor we’ve all been waiting for, the one guy we are going to tell all our buddies about. He knows because he walked to the door and knocked and once he got let in, he knew he never had to leave.
We have a chance to open up to Him in a way that we hadn’t been able to before. Jesus comes into the picture and tells people they have a place in an even better neighborhood, namely heaven. So it’s time that we strolled over to Jesus and said hello, welcomed him into our homes and lives and started to open ourselves up in new way today.
Have you introduced yourself to Jesus?
What areas do you need to open afresh to him about?
Who do you need to let know Jesus is in town?
Ok, put down the Bible and go do it.
by Jordan Crouthamel