When God Moves Into Our Neighborhood

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O that you would tear open the heavens and come down . . . to make your name known (Isaiah 64.1-2).

The first verses of John declare that the cry of Isaiah’s heart for God to come down to earth to make God’s character and plan for the world perfectly known has taken place through Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus is God who has moved into our neighborhood to show us how to live the best life possible.

John 1.1-2

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.

In the beginning . . .

How did John know what was “in the beginning”? How did he know what was already there before the world came into existence?

He walked for three years with Jesus and learned from him on a daily basis. God’s promised Holy Spirit became his teacher after Jesus’ cross and resurrection.

What is meant by “Word”?

We long to know what people important to us are thinking. We get this deeply desired knowledge when they talk to us. God talks to the human race specifically and specially in Jesus.

The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

God is a person and God has always had a deeply personal relationship with his Son.

Jesus is in the full sense of the word, “God with us.” God has opened the heavens and come down to us!

The Most Important Study of All

The words and deeds of Jesus are the deeds and words of God. If this is not true, Jesus is a fraud and a liar. If it is true, we do well to make the study of Jesus’ life the most important aspect of our life.

Today’s Prayer

Dear God, our words are too small to express our praise of your character that you have come to us. To know that you desire a personal relationship with us is a gift beyond reckoning. Please help us study the life of Jesus, so we may become more like him.

Your Turn

Please take time to read slowly and prayerfully through the first 18 verses of John’s first chapter. These verses are like the Table of Contents for the entire book. Please join me in this study and please feel free to leave comments for other readers of real-voices.com. Thanks for joining this journey.


  1. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus…sweetest name I know. In 2019, when I read thru the Bible, I used a chronological version. That study really drove home to me how short the “human” life of Christ was. Just a fraction of the pages describe his work here. And yet, those few moments walking, sleeping, eating, preaching, praying are precious and the foundation of our salvation. Without those moments, I would never measure up to the standard God has set for me. Jesus is my hope and salvation. Studying Him and absorbing every bit of His wisdom and love are the most important moments of my day. May I simply continue seeking Him daily and knowing him more intimately.

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