In the beginning was the Word . . .
For many people Jesus was a man who came and went, visiting our planet for a little over three decades. For many He is the “historical Jesus,” entering as a baby in a manger and exiting on a cross. John, however, begins his gospel by blowing the temporal image of Jesus right out of the water.
“In the beginning” is an allusion to Genesis 1:1 where the story of creation begins. However, John’s focus is not on creation. He takes us to pre-creation and focuses on the eternality of God. The verb “was” translates the Greek verb “to be.” It is in the imperfect tense, which denotes a continuous existence. The Word always was! There was never a time when He was not; there will never be a time when He is not.
The eternal God chose to become like us so we could become like Him. The eternal God left heaven to be with us on earth so we could leave earth and be with Him in heaven. The eternal God took on flesh and died so that those with flesh could live. The eternal Word is the eternal Life Giver.
Lord Jesus, pry my mind away from thinking of You as a man who lived on earth. Help me to grasp that You are the eternal God who loves me so much that You came to earth so I could live forever in heaven. May I live in awe of You—the eternal Word. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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