The only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
I have been captured by the first chapter of John for the last two years. Every time I look at it I am struck by the majesty and awe that flow from the pen of John. John had been forever changed by the man from Nazareth who was much more than a man. He was the only begotten Son of the Father. What we see, hear, and feel in the words of John is much more than a doctrinal statement (even though it is very much one). His words brim with life because they are the words of experiential faith, the words of one who has been deeply touched by God. This book is the testimony of Jesus in the life of John. There is power in these words because after all, the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophesy. Charles Spurgeon was obviously also captured by the first chapter of John. Here is something of what he said about this amazing passage.
“You can say, He is divine to me, if he be human to all the world beside. He has done that for me which none but a God could do. He has subdued my stubborn will, melted a heart of adamant, opened gates of brass, and snapped bars of iron. He hath turned for me my mourning into laughter, and my desolation into joy; he hath led my captivity captive, and made my heart rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. Let others think as they will of him, to me he must be the only begotten of the Father: blessed be his name. I want none beside him. In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in sickness he makes my bed; in darkness he is my star, and in brightness he is my sun; he is the manna of the camp in the wilderness, and he shall be the new corn of the host when they come to Canaan. Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace he is full, infinitely full. My soul, today, bless with all thy might `the only Begotten.”
Who is Jesus to you. John must have had in mind the famous question Jesus had asked the disciples shortly before His death, “Who do men say that I am? Who do you say that I am?” This is the most important question you will ever answer. It’s not just saying the right answer because you heard others respond correctly, it’s having the testimony of Jesus alive in your life. When that occurs you will join with John and call Jesus the only begotten of the Father. You will join with Spurgeon and say “In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of death; in poverty Christ is my riches; in darkness he is my star, and in brightness he is my sun”.