In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Jesus: The Life; The Light; The Word
The creativity of God emanates through the Son. People in Palestine had seen the embodiment of a light that could not be extinguished. They had seen the embodiment of a life that could not die. They had experienced a word that could not be silenced. The world in Jesus’ day was a horrific place at times. Tyrant kings could invade a region, plagues could decimate a region, and famine could starve a region. Jesus brings the promise of peace and abundant living if people will turn to him. This is not wealth and its pursuit, but it is a quality of life that triumphs in spite of circumstances. Jesus would change hungry crowds into satisfied crowds; he would change sick people into well people; and he would still creation when it seemed it would overwhelm his disciples.
Jesus is the combination of a powerful, creative word going forth from the father and a cosmic reality sustaining all things. Jesus transcends our perceptions of him and we must allow him that majesty.
Jesus, be more to me than a subject in the curriculum, be the living Word who brings life and light. Lord be my light.
- How is Jesus described?
- Do you believe the introduction was written after the rest of the book? What would this mean?
- What did ancient people associate with The Word?
- How can the life and light of Jesus touch our dark world?
- How does Jesus speak into your life these days?