The Word: The Gospel of John 1:1-4

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.

In Him was life, and that life was the Light of men.

In his characteristic flourish John reveals to us the very essence of who Jesus is to us. John unequivocally states that Jesus is uniquely divine. For when he says that Jesus, whom he calls “The Word”, was there from the beginning, has always been with God, and is in fact of the same substance of God he is arguing that Jesus of Nazareth, the poor country preacher from Galilee, is worthy of worship and honor and praise. Some have argued that this verse poses great problems for the Christian faith because what John is teaching us flies in the face of strict monotheism. However, a proper understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity should dispel with such questions. In fact, a Trinitarian understanding of God who is of one substance and yet three distinct persons magnifies God’s greatness in some incredible ways. Interestingly, it enhances the truth of God being all loving. If God existed as one person alone then God could have the capacity to love but would not be all loving in a strict sense. For before anything else existed  God existed and if he existed alone to himself then there would simply be no one else to love. However, because of what John chapter one has to teach us we can learn that God has always existed as a Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always enjoyed a relationship of perfect love while remaining of one substance. What a deep and powerful truth.

John goes on to elaborate that in Jesus all people can have eternal life. That all people can enjoy the blessed light and truth that God has given us. Jesus has come to bring us love and let us experience it in ways we never thought imaginable. For who better to learn the essence of what love truly is than from one who has experienced perfect love longer than any of us can even begin to fathom. Jesus is God’s greatest gift to mankind. Through Jesus, God has given us himself so that we might reconnect with the maker of heaven and earth! God has given us hope that can sustain us in our darkest and most trying moments. He has given us himself, the Light of the world our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ.

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