In the beginning was the Word…
In the beginning, before the time when heavens and earth were even created the Word already existed. The Word existed from all eternity… from the beginning of beginnings. The Word was not created and didn’t have a beginning.
… The Word was with God…
The Word was in relationship with God.
…and the Word was God.
Here we see an identity both of God and The Word. The Word was in relationship with God and yet He was God. He was God and yet also present with God in the beginning. It is this Word who became incarnate in Jesus. The word, incarnate, simply means to clothe with flesh or to embody in flesh.
These truths seem impossible or hard to grasp with our logical minds yet God is not bound by our humanness (God’s ways are not our ways). This is indeed the most profound truth in the universe. This sentence is quite simple yet it is one that theologians for centuries have grappled with because these words talk about the deity of the Godhead and deity is only comprehended by faith. Christ was there in the beginning. He always was. Surely then, we can trust in Christ, we can rest in Him and know that he is the same, yesterday, today and forever. Your Saviour is God and He will keep you safe.
As we journey through the next 31 days, I want to point you to Jesus Christ – Christ as God in human flesh – the incarnation of a divine person with God before creation. As we learn about Jesus Christ and His nature we will see that these are indeed divine attributes- that He truly is God. I want to reflect upon that child, the babe born in Bethlehem and how He is the living God manifest to us. For it is in Jesus that the unknowable became knowable, the invisible became visible, the untouchable became touchable and the unreachable became reachable.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”