Jesus Christ was “in the beginning with God.”
John is the gospel that is not like the others. Like Matthew and Mark, John was a Jew converted to Christianity. Like Matthew he was one of the apostles. But unlike Matthew, he was not writing to convince the Jews that Jesus was the Christ, and unlike Mark, he was not writing to convince the Gentiles that Jesus was the Christ. He was not writing to convince anyone that Jesus was the Christ: he was writing to those who already knew. He was writing to the Christians.
The first three verses of John 1 contain vast eternal truths in remarkably few words. If all who professed belief in Jesus Christ only understood these three verses, they would understand who he really was and who he really is. They would understand the true nature of the Godhead, the reality of Christ’s pre-mortal existence, the reality of his pre-mortal Divinity, and his role as Creator.
When we speak of God, we usually refer to Heavenly Father. However, “the personage known as Jehovah in Old Testament times … is the Son, known as Jesus Christ, … who is also a God. Jesus works under the direction of the Father. … Many of the things that the scripture says were done by God were actually done by … Jesus” (Bible Dictionary, “God,” 681).
Read Joseph Smith Translation of John 1:1–14 in the appendix of the LDS edition of the King James Bible. When reading the JST in the LDS Bible Appendix, it is helpful to notice that the changes from the King James Version have been italicized.
Jesus Christ is the Light.
How has the Saviour given you life and light?
What do these verses teach about Jesus Christ’s role as the Light of the World?
The light “which lighteth every man” (John 1:9), or the Light of Christ, “is sometimes
called the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, or the Light of Life”
(True to the Faith: A Gospel Reference, 96).
We can gain our own witness of the Savior and then invite others to “come and see.”
Watch: Why Mormons send missionaries around the world Mormons send missionaries to help others and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. (2:55)
‘If you’re not a full-time missionary with a missionary badge pinned on your coat, now is the time to paint one on your heart—painted, as Paul said, “not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God” (2 Corinthians 3:3). And returned missionaries, find your old missionary tag. Don’t wear it, but put it where you can see it. The Lord needs you now more than ever to be an instrument in His hands. All of us have a contribution to make to this miracle.’ (Neil L Andersen, General Conference, April 2013)
‘If you are not a member of the Church, I invite you to “come and see.” John 1:39 Come and join with us. If you are a member of the Church but presently not participating actively, I invite you: please come back. We need you!
Come, add your strengths to ours.
Because of your unique talents, abilities, and personality, you will help us become better and happier. In return, we will help you become better and happier as well.
Come, help us build and strengthen a culture of healing, kindness, and mercy toward all of God’s children. For we are all striving to become new creatures where “old things are passed away” and “all things … become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 The Savior shows us the direction to move—forward and upward. He says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15 Let us all work together to become the people God intended for us to become.
This is the kind of gospel culture we desire to cultivate throughout the Church of Jesus Christ. We seek to strengthen the Church as a place where we forgive one another. Where we resist the temptation to find fault, gossip, and bring others down. Where, instead of pointing out flaws, we lift up and help each other to become the best we can be.
Let me invite you again. Come and see. Join with us. We need you.’ (Dieter F Uchtdorf, General Conference, October 2018)