In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.~John 1:1-5,14
This passage of scripture is one of my favorite of all time, it’s almost poetic. I love how John uses God’s Word as Jesus. Jesus was God’s last word to man, and what a Word that was and still is. The Word has lasted centuries and we still have the Word to look back at every day. I want to spend some time breaking down this scripture in this post and maybe shed some new light on this passage. When we would go out and share the gospel in my former church, we would always use this scripture. I am so glad I have this one memorized on my heart to pull out at any time that I need it.
In the beginning was the Word. Jesus was always around, always a part of God the Father. He was there when the world and the universe around the world was made, He saw man and woman and all the creatures on this planet formed. He was a part of the whole process. I think we tend to think that Jesus’ beginning was when Mary gave birth to Him, but as John puts it, He was there in the beginning.
And the Word was with God, and the Word was God, He was with God in the beginning. If Jesus was around in the beginning, then He was and is God. It’s hard to fathom how the Trinity works. There is God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. All three are one, and all three are how God chooses to reveal Himself. The Holy Spirit was in the beginning as well. It mentions the Holy Spirit moving over the face of the earth in Genesis 1:2.. In addition, Jesus revealed Himself on several occasions with Moses and was the fourth man in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. We are created in God’s image as trinities as well. We have a physical body, an emotional persona, and a spirit spot. They all work as one to make us who we are.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Jesus was a part of the creation process. I was just struck with a realization that God made everything physical, so that means Jesus made everything emotional. I believe Jesus had everything to do with making man’s emotional persona. This would put Him in the position of being the answer to man’s fall. The first Adam caused man to fall, the last Adam, Jesus, restores man to his former glory as mentioned in I Corinthians 15:45.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. Without man’s persona, we would be no better than the animals. He gave us life, He made us who we are, this is so incredible! Life is having a personality, a character, and if we allow Him to, He will transform our character to be more like His character, loving and faithful. What does this life bring; it brings light to a dark world. Adam before the fall was clothed in light as God was. That was why Adam and Eve realized they were naked because the light left them when they sinned. Jesus restores life and light to our lives.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Darkness only exists where there is no light. When you shine a flashlight in a dark room, the darkness can never overcome it. It goes away when the light is introduced in a dark room. When that light is used it helps us to see clearer. When Jesus gives us life and light, we can shine bright in a negative dark world. We become a danger to the darkness around us. What an incredible awesome gift Jesus gives us. The light that shines from us is the Holy Spirit. We have the spirit spot in our lives. This spot is empty and we try and fill it up with other things that are dark, but as we accept Christ in our lives the spirit spot is filled with the Holy Spirit. The heart light that removes the darkness from around us that helps us see clearer and others around us to see clearer.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. Jesus came into the world as God/man. He was all God and all man. He is still all God and all man. Jesus has the ultimate empathy to know what it’s like to be human. Not only did He create our persona, but also He came to earth as one of us so He could redeem us and understand us. Grace and truth would not have happened if He hadn’t come into this world. Grace is God’s mercy and His unfathomable favor, which we do not deserve. Truth is the fact that we need Jesus in our lives to help us be all that we can be in Jesus. God’s glory happens when we accept Him into our lives and live the light that is within us. We don’t allow the enemy to douse that light, we live godly and righteous lives.
God’s final Word Jesus, can save us from certain doom, can brighten and lighten our lives, can bring life into us, and help us always to overcome the darkness around us. Shine bright all the time. It’s the best life you can ever live.
© [David Howard], [David's Body Temple], 2011-2015.