JOHN 1:1-5 (NIV – UK)
The Word became flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
THE ETERNAL SON
These are perhaps some of the most well-known verses in the Bible. It’s a striking opening to this Gospel and instantly grabs us.
Matthew, Mark and Luke all begin with the events directly preceding Jesus’ birth as a human child. But John starts by taking us right back to the beginning. And we know what John has in mind here, because those very same words are the opening words of the entire Bible – Genesis 1:1. We also see the light and darkness here in John and in the opening verses of Genesis. It’s almost as if John has a copy of Genesis open on his desk.
What John means to do is to take us back to that moment of creation to reveal to us who Jesus is. Jesus is the divine Word who is both God (the Son) and with God (the Father). Simply, what John means to tell us is that in the beginning Jesus was there – going out from his Father to create as we read in Genesis 1 over and over: ‘And God said’.
Another great truth that is revealed to us here is that the light of Christ has never and will never be overcome by darkness. Jesus, the Light of the World, will always conquer darkness – it was the way in the beginning and will always be that way. If we run to Jesus, the Eternal Son, we will be triumphant over darkness.
Question: How does it make you feel to know that Jesus is the same person who was there right in the beginning with his Father creating the heavens and the earth? Does this challenge your view of Jesus?