This passage in John talks about what the author believes is the true nature of Jesus. There isn’t a lot of language regarding Old Testament prophecies of the Messiah, but rather, it is geared towards the Greek peoples of the time. It was a commonly held philosophical discussion that the Theos, and His Logos (Divine, perhaps God’s action upon the universe) were responsible for the creation of the universe, even amongst people who were unaware of Jesus, and did not believe in the God of Israel. These terms were no doubt used in this gospel in order to point the Greek thinkers toward knowing that Jesus was the Logos that God (Theos) used in order to bring about all that is. This would firmly establish in their minds, if they would believe it, that Jesus is The Divine, and thus to be worshipped.
More than just a Deity (for the Greeks worshipped many), Jesus is also given the distinction of having given true enlightenment, something many greeks sought after, to everyone. In this call to look into the life, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus, terms which “foreigners” to the prophecies of the Messiah could understand are used. This has always given me great hope that it is fully God’s intention to meet us where we are, in order to share His true Self with us. These 14 verses of text make such great claims regarding the person of Jesus, that to read them and not look into them may expose our callous towards venturing beyond ourselves to understand where WE truly come from, and in turn, God’s desire for us. If we are looking for our true purpose, this text points us toward Christ as God’s desire for us.
My prayer is that as we press this text through the filter of our mind, that we will not simply gloss over the ramifications it presents us with, but that we will take inventory of our hearts through them and when we share this gospel with others, that we will take the journey again with them and remain as children would about this truth. Which is to say, we would perpetually treat it as new and authoritative.