“In the beginning was the Word, and 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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5
Who was already there in the very beginning when God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1)? Who was with God the Father in the beginning? and with God the Spirit as He moved upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2)? Who created all things that were made? Who formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, giving man life, both physical and spiritual – making Adam a living creature who loved God, trusted in Him and served Him whole-heartedly (Genesis 2:7)?
It is the Word – God’s Son, Jesus Christ! In the beginning, God the Son was already there! He was with God and He was and always has been God! Christ Jesus, before taking on human flesh, created man and all things! Without Him nothing was created that has been made! Cf. Hebrews 1:1-3. And, in time, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He came into this world to die in our stead – as our sacrifice – and redeem us (cf. John 1:29; Galatians 4:4-5).
Man’s life originated in God the Son, and this life was man’s light. But now this Light of life shines in our sin-darkened world, and man does not understand Him or receive Him! How tragic! How blinded we are by our sin not to recognize our own God and Creator come into this world a true man to redeem us and give us back the life in Him we lost by our disobedience!
John writes of Christ Jesus, God the Son (John 1:10-13): “He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Dear Lord Jesus, our God and Lord, open our eyes that we may see You and the life You have won for all by Your holy life and Your innocent sufferings and death for us upon the cross; and breathe into us Your Spirit that we may be made alive, enlightened and take hold of You by faith. Amen.