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John 1:1-51

Who is Jesus?

I. What does the passage say?

A. The Prologue

1. Jesus is

(v. 1-2)

2. Jesus was

God and Jesus


(v. 1)

3. Jesus is the

(v. 3)

4. John the Baptizer came as a


to the



5. Jesus is the

6. Jesus is the

and was coming into the world (v. 9)

(v. 10-13)

7. Jesus became



and dwelt among

was given through


came through Jesus (v. 17)

B. John the Baptizer prepares the way

(v. 14)


1. John confessed freely, "I am not the Christ." (v. 20)

2. John claimed to be "the voice of one calling in the desert, 'Make straight the way of the Lord.'" [ref. Isaiah 40:3] (v. 23)

3. John identifes Jesus as the "Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." (v. 29)

4. John testifies to the Spirit coming down as a dove onto Jesus (v. 32)

5. John testifies that Jesus is the Son of God. (v. 34)

C. The First Disciples


Two of John the Baptizer's disciples followed Jesus. (v. 37)


was one of the two who followed Jesus (v. 40)


He found his brother,

and told him, "We

have found the Messiah" and brought him to Jesus (v. 41-42)


Jesus found

and he found

(v. 43-45)


Jesus demonstrated his identity to Nathaniel: "I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you." (v. 48)


Nathaniel declares Jesus to be the Son of God & King of Israel (v. 49)

John 1:1-51

II. What does this passage mean?

A. What are the main principles of this passage? What is the theme?

B. Discuss the use of the concept of "light" to illustrate Christ's incarnation

C. Why do you think that John connects Christ to creation and, in v. 10-13, to being rejected by "that which was his own"?

D. Why is it important that Jesus Christ is fully God? Why is it important that He is fully human? Is it important that he is both simultaneously? Why?

E. What role does John the Baptiser's testimony play in calling Jesus' first disciples? What was the evangelistic method that Andrew & Phillip used?

III. What does this passage mean for my life?

A. Is it easy for me to believe what the Bible says about Jesus? Why?

B. What obstacles to belief do people in our world today struggle with?