The Word Was God
By Mike Cooper
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Shortly after this passage, John indicates that “the Word” is Jesus. Here at the beginning of his gospel, John tells us that the Word has existed since “the beginning.” This reminds me of Genesis 1:1 which starts the Bible off with, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” John is stating that the Word – who is Jesus – has been in existence for all eternity. Not only this, but John also states that Jesus was with God. When God spoke the world into existence, Jesus was there. Jesus was taking part in the act of creation. In fact, Colossians 1 tells us, “For by Him all things were created… all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (vv.16-17). Not only did Jesus exist, but He was with God. He knew God. The word “with” indicates to us that Jesus knew God in a personal way. Lastly, John tells us that Jesus is God. So, not only did Jesus know God, but He is also the same God who created the universe.
Jesus, who has existed for all eternity, has been known and loved by God the Father before the world was ever created (John 17:24). For us today, this shows that Jesus – who is God – came to live on this earth in the likeness of humanity so that we might experience that same love. That we might be forgiven for our sins, and be made right with God. That we might be able to know God and partake in a personal relationship with God like Jesus does. That we might be able to be with God for all eternity.
Father, thank You for sending us Your Son so we can experience the love You have for us through Him. Help us to remember the greatness of who Jesus is and what He has done for us.