Read: John 1:1-34
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
3 The Word was with God, and the Word was God. God created everything through Him.
12 But to all who believed in Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.
18 He has revealed God to us.
John comes at the arrival of Jesus from a different angle. While Luke and the others present the story of His birth and background, John presents the spiritual and cosmic reality of who Jesus really is.
He has always existed, He was with God from the beginning and He is God. When God spoke the world into existence Jesus was the Word that He created life through.
Ultimately, He came to save us (by us placing our faith in Him), and to adopt us into God’s family. He also came to show us what God is really like. There was some confusion on that at the time.
John packs so much theology into chapter one of his book that you could spend a year unpacking it, but he very quickly and concisely declares that Jesus is not only the son of God, but one with God.
I often have conversations with people who struggle with the idea of the Trinity. That God is one God, but exists in 3 persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. How can this be, and where does the Bible lay this out?
Well, this passage is certainly part of the scriptural foundation for the Trinity. Jesus was there at the beginning creating everything that is, yet was somehow separate from and at the same time one with God.
Matthew tells the story of the angel speaking to Joseph and quotes Isaiah 7 about the virgin being with child and the child will be called Emmanuel which means “God with us.” There are many other instances where Jesus claims to be or alludes to the fact that He is God.
When you think about it, it’s the only way He could have lived a sinless life – which is the only way that His death could atone for the sins of the world.
This concept of a triune God can be hard to get your head around, and frankly every analogy I have heard falls short of fully explaining it. That said, scripture leaves us with no other option. Jesus leaves us with no other option. So, like so much about following Jesus, He asks us to take a theological step of faith into a mystery that we may not fully comprehend till we get to Heaven.
Personally, I’m okay with that. I will continue to strive to understand what I can, and at the same time step out in trust and faith where I don’t completely have it all figured out. Think about it… if you completely had God figured out, would He really be God. I believe there are supposed to be mysteries when dealing with an all powerful God who created everything that is, who stands outside of time and space, and who at the same time is intricately involved in the details of our existence.
I don’t know about you but I don’t think we’re going to get all the mysteries and theological debates settled on this side of the great divide. We’ve got to go with what we know plainly and I am confident that Jesus is the son of God because He said so (and because He came back from the dead to prove it). And I am confident that He is God, because John declares it clearly here, and Jesus intimates it throughout His ministry.
Ultimately, faith in Jesus and following Him has a way of untangling the mysteries of faith in our hearts. As we walk out a relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit, these mysteries begin to make sense, even when we don’t have the words to explain why.
I guess faith is another mystery. It’s the pathway to life in all its fullness, and it’s the way home… Place your faith in Jesus today and let the fellowship of the Holy Spirit wash over your life and the love of God, the Father, transform you from the inside out.
Lord – help me to understand what I need to understand and trust you for the mysteries that I never will. Help me to seek truth, and at the same time rest in my trust of you. Your love for me and your sending Jesus to rescue me is an overwhelming mystery that I don’t completely understand, but I am so grateful for it and place my faith in Him today. It’s in His name that I pray – amen.