This Gospel introduces Christ with the same majestic words Moses used of the Creator in Genesis 1; “in the beginning”. Verses 1-2 lay out three essential truths about the Son of God; (1) His eternal pre-incarnate existence, (2) His eternally distinct personal existence, and (3) His eternally divine nature. The Word was with God and the Word was God. Belief in the deity of Christ is a central theme in the Christian faith. In the beginning, the Son shared with the Father His place when all things were created, however that is not all. The words “by Him” or “through Him” signal that the Word is the agent or means of creation. (See Colossians 1:16) It then talks about Jesus as the source of all life and all light that shines from God’s righteousness. However deep the darkness in the world, it cannot overcome the light of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. Amen!
Questions for further thought:
1. From John 1:1, give three phases about “the Word” that describes Jesus Christ before He “became flesh”. What is the importance of each of these phases?
2. What do the words “light” and “darkness” mean in John 1:4-5? What examples of light and darkness do you see in the world today?
Challenge: Consider and ponder your answer to question #2. How do you see your role in God’s redemptive plan? How do you see yourself being the light rather than the darkness?
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