John 1.1-13 – Jesus, the Eternal Word of God.
Posted: 8 March 2011 in John

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 any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

The famous prologue to John’s Gospel bears witness to Jesus Christ as the eternal word of the Father. At the beginning of time, he was the word spoken by God, by which the universe we see today was brought into existence. This is a mystery in the proper sense of the word, as being something hidden in God.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

In one sense we are all the result of biological processes. Although they too come from God, we are the creation of  God in a more profound sense than that. We alone, in the animal kingdom, are endowed with something which can communicate with the Spirit of God, and we are thereby given a life which can, through the grace of God, receive its vitality from the life of the Trinity. The only thing required of us is obedience to God’s will. Unfortunately, ever since the fall, we have preferred to entertain the illusion that we can be our own gods, and as a result we are separated from God, and from his life giving Spirit. Separated from God, we are alive only in the sense that any biological organism is alive.

However, with the Incarnation comes the possibility of spiritual rebirth, which will come to us through the life giving Spirit, and from the indwelling of Christ. But this rebirth does not come cost free, and it  involves the sacrifice of Jesus. We should occasionally remind ourselves that the person hanging on the cross was the second person of the Trinity, and the eternal God.

Verse thirteen is a reminder that the ability to hear, and respond to, the words of Christ must come, like everything else,  from the sovereign Lord God, who bestows his gifts according to his own good pleasure, and for his own immutable ends – just in case we still thought that Creation was here for us to behave like apprentice gods, instead of for the glory of the one true God.

Verse 18 might also be worth quoting, lest anybody imagine that we can come to that intimate knowledge of God, and the life which flows from it, except from Jesus Christ:

“No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

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