Let’s talk about the essence of Jesus’s identity in John 1:1. I’m going to skip a phrase and come back to it, just because I want to link it together with the relationship with the world. The end of John 1:1: “The Word was God.” One of the marks of this Gospel is that the weightiest doctrines and the simplest language go together. I don’t think that statement in John 1:1 could be made grammatically simpler than it is — or more weighty than it is. I don’t know how to make it more weighty. I don’t know how to make it more simple.
“Are you doubting? Jesus is so patient. Come to him.”
Sometimes we say, “The Gospel of John is simple.” Well, that’s grammatically absolutely true. It’s the simplest Greek and English in the Bible. And this book would vie for first place in weight of matter. The two go together. That’s one of the unique things about this Gospel. You can’t make this simpler. You can’t make it weightier.
What John means is, he wants Bethlehem, loud and clear, with all other true Christian churches, to worship Jesus Christ as God, and fear no blasphemy, no idolatry. He wants us to fall down with Thomas, even full of doubt, and Jesus says, “You’re doubting?” Jesus was so patient. “Put your hand here. Put your hand here.” And Thomas won’t touch him. He’s on his face saying, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28). That’s the way he wants us to be, week after week, in this gospel: on our face, saying, “My Lord and my God!” That’s who became flesh.
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