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Wednesday, May 11 2016

John 1: The Word Was Made Flesh And Dwelt Among Us

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made ... And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us"

The Holy Scriptures plainly state that the "Word of God," Who became the "the LORD God" of Creation, was born as the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour).

Heaven

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1:16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. 1:17 For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him." (John 1:1-18 KJV)

John, the son of the Levite priest Zechariah (rendered in the King James Version as Zacharias; see What Did John The Baptist's Father Do At The Temple? and The Messiah's Levitical Birth), was a prophesied prophet who prepared the Way for the Messiah's Ministry. John is popularly-known as "John the Baptist" (see The Miraculous Birth Of John The Baptist and John's Voice In The Wilderness Prophecy).

"1:19 And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou? 1:20 And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.

1:21 And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias?

And he saith, I am not.

Art thou that prophet?

And he answered, No.

1:22 Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?

1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.

1:24 And they which were sent were of the Pharisees. 1:25 And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?

1:26 John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not; 1:27 He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not worthy to unloose.

1:28 These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing." (John 1:19-28 KJV)

The baptism of the Messiah marked the successful completion of John the Baptist's "prepare the Way" ministry and the beginning of the Messiah's "Lamb of God" Ministry (see The Messiah's Baptism and The Early Days Of The Galilee Ministry).

Fishermen On The Sea Of Galilee

"1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me. 1:31 And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.

1:32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him. 1:33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 1:34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God." (John 1:29-34 KJV)

The calling of the disciples ("disciple" means student) who were then trained to be apostles ("apostle" means someone sent with some authority of the one who sent them i.e. an ambassador) was the next order of business (see also The Salvation Stock Market).

"1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. 1:38 Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye?

They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?

1:39 He saith unto them, Come and see.

They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.

1:40 One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother. 1:41 He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ. 1:42 And he brought him to Jesus.

And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone." (John 1:35-42 KJV)

The first-called of the Twelve were fisherman of the Sea of Galilee. Why? See the Fact Finder question below.

"1:43 The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.

1:44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

1:46 And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth?

Philip saith unto him, Come and see.

1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!

1:48 Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?

Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.

1:49 Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.

1:50 Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. 1:51 And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man." (John 1:43-51 KJV)

Fact Finder: Could the first-called to be apostles have been carpenters, instead of fishermen? What did location have to do with the choosing of the Twelve?
See Why Were The First Apostles Fishermen Instead Of Carpenters?


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This Day In History, May 11

330: Constantinople became the new capital of the Roman Empire. Named after the Emperor Constantine, it was built over the ancient city of Byzantium. Constantine was the creator of the antichrist Church of Rome (and hence of its subsequent "protestant daughters" who rejected the Pope's leadership, but not his doctrines; see Antichristians) as the official state religion of his empire (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad). Constantine was also the creator of "Sun Day" (see Why Observe The True Sabbath?).

1310: In France, fifty-four members of the Knights Templar were burned at the stake as heretics.

1502: Christopher Columbus set out on his fourth and final voyage to the West Indies. The "America" that Columbus discovered for Spain was in the Caribbean Sea, where all four of his voyages took place. After the Vikings who actually landed on continental North America about 500 years before Columbus was even born, what became Canada and the U.S.A. were created by the Netherlands, England and France, far north of where Columbus ever explored.

Voyages of Christopher Columbus 1573: Henry of Anjou became the first elected king of Poland.

1647: Dutch colonial administrator Peter Stuyvesant arrived in New Amsterdam (today known as New York City) to become governor of New Netherlands (which later became New England).

1690: In the first major engagement of King William's War, British troops from Massachusetts in "New England" seized Port Royal in Acadia (Nova Scotia and New Brunswick) from the French, with the objective of taking "New France" (i.e. most of what later became eastern Canada).

1745: The Battle of Fontenoy in Belgium. The French under Maurice de Saxe fought the British and allies under the duke of Cumberland during The War of The Spanish Succession.

1792: The Columbia River was "discovered" (the native people of America already knew it for centuries) by Captain Robert Gray.

1812: British Prime Inter Spencer Perceval was shot by a bankrupt banker in the lobby of the House of Commons.

1820: HMS Beagle was launched. One of 100 "Cherokee-class" 10-gun brig-sloops of the Britain's Royal Navy, it became the vessel that took Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage (see also Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1866: Confederate President Jefferson Davis was released after spending two years in prison for his role in the U.S. Civil War.

1871: In the Swan Hotel at Frankfurt-am-Main, German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck signed the agreement transferring all of Alsace and much of Lorraine from France to Germany.

1885: The final and bloodiest battle of the Riel Rebellion in Canada. General Frederick Middleton defeated the Metis rebels at the Battle of Batoche in Saskatchewan.

1916: Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity was published (see Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

1924: Mercedes-Benz was formed by Gottlieb Daimler and Karl Benz by merging their two companies.

1949: Israel was admitted to the United Nations as the 59th member (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate, A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism and A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1960: Israeli agents captured Nazi fugitive Adolf Eichmann (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in Buenos Aires and returned him to Israel for trial. He was found guilty and executed.

1998: France became the first EU country to produce the new European currency when its mint struck the first Euro coins (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).



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