“…was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
–John 1:1 (NIV)
So….we’re back to the beginning…but a new beginning. It’s funny to notice how the scriptures start with the words, ‘in the beginning’; and also start telling the new part of the story with the same words. Yet, while it’s funny to see, it’s also a great thing to think about.
Think about it: all scripture is God-breathed (2 Tim 3:16). Since this is true, we can assume that it is no accident that this happens with ‘In the beginning’. It was God’s plan to show us that He has been, is, and always will be in control. Don’t believe me? Let me explain.
God created the world – Genesis 1:1. Genesis then goes on to explain the first week of the world, and ultimately our existence. But if we combine John 1:1 with Genesis 1:1 we would get something like this, “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God, creator of the Heavens and the Earth.”
Further review of John chapter 1 shows us more about the Word that was, was with God, and was God:
“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it……The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
–John 1:1-5, 9-14 (ESV)
“And the Word became flesh”. The Word that was there when it started became man, walked among us…and we know the rest of the story: DIED FOR US! He did what none of us could do for ourselves; He paid our bill, a bill that was only payable upon death. It was like they were sitting in Heaven one night, God tabulated up what the cost of our sin would be, came up with a cost of $DEA.TH and then Jesus stood up and said, “Dad, I got this one.” How amazing is that?
Now it’s up to us, we have our second chance; thanks to Jesus our bill is stamped with PAID IN FULL. The only requirement of us is to live for Him. It comes full circle when you look at John 1: Jesus was there when it started, He is the Word. He is Life. He is…