1 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.
3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
John brings to mind the very first words of the Bible, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). He does this to let us know that the Word of God, Jesus Christ, was active and present in creation.
This is no ordinary gift that the Father gives to us!
Jesus Christ is God Himself. The Son of God became a man in order to condemn “sin in the flesh by sending His own Son in flesh like ours under sin’s domain, and as a sin offering” (Rom.8:3).
The only way the Son of God could save human beings was by becoming one fully. Yet, this did not subtract from His divine nature.
Because Jesus is God, He is worthy of our worship and praise. Had Jesusbeen “only” a man, we could not worship Him as God. The gift of God to us is Himself born as a human being to show us His love for us and to sacrifice Himself for us so that we might be saved.
John teaches us that life, all life, comes through Jesus Christ.
Not only was Jesus the agent of our creation, He is also the sustainer of the life that we have. God did not create the world and abandon it. Instead, Jesus keeps us alive every moment of every day.
This is a gift He gives to all people alive at every moment. How deserving of our gratitude is Jesus if He not only made us but also keeps us alive every moment?
- Why do you think John harkened back to Genesis 1:1 in the beginning of his Gospel?
- How are creation and Jesus’ incarnation related?
- If all things were created through the Word of God and are being sustained through the Word of God, how can this give us confidence in prayer and in life?
- Thank the Father for revealing Himself to us through the Son of God, Jesus Christ.