John 1

In Commentary & Questions, Faith, John by Matt0 Comments

One cool thing I learned today…that

“in the beginning was the Word (logos)”

The Greeks held that the universe was kosmos, an ordered place.  What lied behind universe and ordered it was reason, or logos.  To speak of Jesus in this way was to help them understand better exactly who he was in relation to God.  That Jesus is the creator of all life gives profound meaning to his eventual sacrifice for the pinnacle of his creation, mankind.  I love it.

So on to a few questions…

1) John said,

“This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”

John 1:30-31

So…did John not know Jesus personally before that day?  That would be weird to me.  After all, they were 3rd cousins right?  Elizabeth comes to Mary during her pregnancy and she knows that Mary carries the Messiah.  Also, she knows that her son, John, would prepare the way for the Messiah.  Also, Mary is her cousin!  You’re telling me they never visited again after that?  Or maybe, John just means that he didn’t know that Jesus was “The Messiah”.  He was just his third cousin…but didn’t Elizabeth tell him?  Anyway, I’ll have to ask him someday.

2) Was Jesus a real Rabbi?  As in recognized by other Jews as such?  Or did this title for him originate with the first disciples?

3) What event was Jesus referring to in this verse…

“I tell you the truth, you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

John 1:51