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.
1) Look at how scripture uses "Word". Notice that scripture refers to "Word" as a He. Who is "He"?
2) When it says the Word was "with" God, do you think it seems to imply that the Word had interpersonal relationship with God?
3) When it says the Word "was" God, do you think it seems to imply that the Word and God were the same?
4) Does this scripture seem to imply that God is connected to everything? How does this make you feel about the "Big Bang Theory"?
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
5) Do you think that we were called to give witness to the light just as John was?
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
6) How do you feel about the scripture "He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him?
7) Have you received Jesus? If not what's keeping you from it?
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
8) Give me your thoughts about why the Word became flesh?
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
9) Do you suppose Jesus needs to surpass us in order for his glory to be seen? What does that look like to you?