When the Word Became Flesh

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Christian Lapsey, Writer

This is the accounts of John and his journey with the Lord and through this, we will compare his accounts with those of Matthew. There are not very many differences between the two and when thought about those differences are as important as the similarities of how they represent Jesus and the gift he gave us.

We start at the beginning where John tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ( John 1 1-5)” Explaining to us that Jesus was there since the beginning of time when God created the Heavens and the Earth just only through God’s word but then this Word was manifested into God’s true son and brought into the world through flesh. Jesus gave us his light so we may overcome the darkness. Then John tells us about a man sent by God to witness this light and help others believe in this light. This man was John the Baptist. The light’s people did not accept him so he went to the people and those who received, accepted him, and believed in his name became the children of God. John tells us that these people are “children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. (John 1 13)” meaning that when we believe in Jesus’s name we are reborn through the Holy Spirit making us part of the same light as Jesus and we can help give others this light just and Jesus did.

When we meet John the Baptist he is being questioned by Pharisees who ask him who he is and why he baptizes people if he is not the Messiah John the Baptist responds with “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. (John 1 26-27)” This John then met Jesus and told his crowd that this is the Lamb of God sent to take away your sins. John then baptized Jesus and gave testimony saying he saw the Spirit come down from Heaven onto Jesus. All of these accounts have been told in John and Matthew so far. Now our first difference between the two accounts is how Jesus’s second set of disciples are found in Johns Jesus finds Andrew and Andrew go to get his brother Simon later to be named Peter. In Mathews, they are both found fishing at the same time. This was the same for the second set of brothers.

John later writes that Jesus told a Pharisee just as Moses lifted the snake He will be lifted for “that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. (John 3 15)” then John explains what this means by saying “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (John 1 16-18)” Then we meet up with John the Baptist again and he says almost the same thing by saying “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. (John 3 36)”

Jesus later goes to rests at a town called Samaria where He meets a woman and Jesus tells her both samaritans and jews are wrong in a way they need to focus their attention on God and God alone for through faith in his Sons name they are to be given a gift of eternity and she says “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. (John 4 25)” just for Jesus to reply with “I, the one speaking to you—I am he. (John 4 26)” later on Jesus went to Galilee where he met the same man from Matthews testimony and this man yet again asks Jesus to heal his young boy Jesus tells him his son will not die. The man races home where he is met by his servants with their news that his son lives. When he finds out what time the boy is healed from his sickness it is the exact time he talked to Jesus 1 o’clock. Then again in both books, Jesus healed a paralyzed man. After this Pharisees persecute Jesus and he tells them that even the Father works on the Sabbath and due to this miracles can also be performed on this day. Jesus then references his return and how Jesus will Rapture the people by saying “Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. (John 5 25)”

Jesus then gathered with about 5000 men and only had 5 loaves of bread and 2 small fish to feed all those men. Jesus then gave thanks to the Father and broke up the fish and the loves in half and told the disciples to pass out the food. After everyone had eaten Jesus told his disciples to gather the food up into baskets and they fathered up 12 full baskets of 5 loaves of bread. The next day the disciple left for Capernaum their journey was rough with a giant storm hitting them and then Jesus appears walking on the water the disciples take Jesus in their boat and instantly reach the shore. The people realize what has happened and get in boats to the Capernaum where they’re told “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still, you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (John 6 36-38)” After this teaching, many disciples leave and turn away for him but the 12 stays. John also tells us that 1 of these 12 will betray Jesus by saying “Have I not chosen you, the Twelve? Yet one of you is a devil!” (He meant Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, who, though one of the Twelve, was later to betray him.) (John 6 70-71)” This man was later to turn Jesus in for 30 silver coins. Judas later took his own life because he realized he had sent the innocent Messiah to death.

Source:

The Holy Bible  (NIV)