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First Baptist Church of Midway

September 19, 2011

Why Jesus Came
John 1


John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

In the beginning...Do these words sound at all familiar? It may be because they are also the first three words of the Bible in Genesis, which says, In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Jesus' best friend, John, carefully and intentionally chose these three words to start his Gospel story of Jesus' life. They are a direct reference to Genesis 1:1. John wants us to understand that the same Jesus who was his friend and teacher is the Creator and giver of life at the very beginning. He is letting us know that the beginning of the Bible is the beginning of the story of our Savior. And that our savior Jesus Christ is, in fact, God.

In this opening verse John gives us a foundation for the truth that he will tell us throughout his Gospel. Before we hear about what Jesus did, we need to know who Jesus is.

Who is Jesus? John calls Jesus "the Word" through whom God spoke to us (also see Hebrews 1:1-2). In verse 14, John uses a powerful image regarding Jesus as "the Word" to tell us more about who He is and what He did for us: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

The Word became flesh; God became a man to show amazing grace to us. Jesus did not come into existence nor was He created when He was born in Bethlehem; remember, He was in the beginning with God. Yet, He chose to humble himself and come to earth as a man to save us from our sin (Philippians 2).

Let the truth that The Word became flesh resonate inside you today. If you ever question your worth, remember that The Word became flesh to die for you. If you ever question God's acceptance or love for you, remember The Word became flesh to save you from your sin. If you ever wonder if God cares about what is weighing you down, remember The Word became flesh to give you eternal, abundant life today.

Used by permission from NewSpring Church

For Your Information

      We finished our series of Faithwork yesterday. We finished with Service 101. We saw how that God called all Christians to serve with what He has blessed us with, spiritual gifts. The goal of service is to give God the glory, as well as build up one another. If you missed this message or any of the previous messages of Prayer 101, Scripture Memorization 101, Meditation 101, and Fasting 101, you can visit iTunes or you can visit our website. It is located just under the calendar.

      This upcoming Sunday we are starting a new series. It is entited The Biggest Loser. No, we are not talking about losing weight (though weight loss is important to be good stewards of our bodies that were given from God). The messages will be focused on helping us to Lose Your Doubt, Lose Your Fear, Lose Your Guilt, and Lose Your Pain. Make plans to attend to learn about how to be the biggest loser!


      September 20 - Trustee Meeting at Greg Rudman's House at 7 PM
      September 25 - Lord's Supper after AM Service
      October 2 - Carry-In Dinner after AM Service. No PM Service
      October 15 - Work Day at the church starting at 8 AM
      October 19 - Quarterly Business Meeting at 7:30 PM

     Visit us at www.fbcmidway.com for more information about our church. Our website has much to offer.


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