Read: John 1:1-14
In the beginning was the Word. (v. 1)
It’s no coincidence that the opening words of John 1 echo Genesis 1. Each Gospel creates a historical platform for Jesus. Mark starts with John the Baptist, Matthew goes all the way to Abraham, Luke goes further yet and looks to Adam, but John goes furthest, to the very beginning. Before anyone was, the Word was, and everything God spoke into creation was spoken through his Word. When we proclaim, “Jesus is Lord,” the natural question is, “Who is Jesus?” John’s answer is that Jesus is the one who spoke the universe into being and holds it together.
John 1 is often called the “Prologue” to John, but missionary theologian Lesslie Newbigin suggests a more accurate title would be “Overture” (The Light Has Come, p. 1). Just as all the major themes are briefly touched on in a proper musical overture, so too all the themes of John’s Gospel are touched on in our text, including life, light and darkness, grace, truth, and glory. John is a great writer (for example, see chapters 3, 9, and 11). Here in his first chapter, he is warming up, setting the stage for what’s to come.
As Genesis 1 is bedrock to our faith, so is John 1. The Christian faith contends that not only did God create, but God visited: “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us . . . full of grace and truth” (v. 14). This passage sets the stage for John 3:16: the Creator moves toward us with love and grace! —Jeff Munroe
As you pray, thank God for his grace and truth.