April 20, 2014: John 1:1-17, Read for Older Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · April 14, 2014
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to bear witness to the light.
The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own, and his own received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. [John bore witness to him, and cried, “This is he of whom I said, ‘he who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.’”] And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
Who is the Apostle John talking about in the beginning of this Gospel passage? He calls Him “the Word.” Why do you think He is called “the Word”?
Re-read the first part of this Gospel passage replacing “the Word” with “Jesus.” Does it make sense?
How is Pascha proof that “the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”?
The John who is mentioned in the passage is John the Forerunner. What does the Gospel say he was sent to do?
When Jesus was on Earth, which He made, among His own people, was He well received?
What does Jesus give to people who receive Him?
On this glorious Pascha, as you go forward to receive Christ’s body and blood in Holy Communion, receive him with joy and a thankful heart! He is giving you power to become a child of God, born of God!
Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!