John in 21: Chapter 1

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Read today's passage: John 1:1-51

Did you notice the many different names or titles for Jesus in this chapter alone? He is called the "Word" in verse 1. In verse 17 He is called "Jesus" (which means "God saves") and "Christ" (which is the Greek word for Messiah or "anointed one"). John the Baptist twice presents Him as "the Lamb of God" and also "the Chosen One of God." The first disciples refer to Jesus as "Rabbi" (teacher) while Nathanael recognized Him as "the King of Israel." Finally, in the last verse, Jesus calls Himself the "Son of Man."

What's in a name? Sometimes quite a bit. In these different names for Jesus we see Him as a Lamb (What were lambs used for in Jewish tradition?) and a King. We also see Him as the Son of God and the Son of Man ("the Word became human" v. 14.) He is our teacher, and He is our Savior.

Why not start a list of the names and descriptive words used for Jesus that you find in this chapter of John? We've given you some names here, but there are more you can add.

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