In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
— John 1:1
John 1:1 consciously echoes Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” But the beginning spoken of by John came before the beginning spoken of by Genesis. We know this because every created thing was created by the Word, who was with God from eternity. This is a great mystery, and we must approach it slowly and humbly.
The Word of God existed long before Jesus became a human being. Jesus of Nazareth was truly a man, walking and talking in our midst. But he was also truly God.
As deep a mystery as this is, it is not meant to confuse us. That’s because Jesus Christ, the Word of God, came as God’s communication, the clearest revelation from God there ever was. If we want to understand this God whom we worship, we must listen to Christ. When you want to understand someone, you listen carefully to what they say.
Hebrews 1:1-3 says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets . . . but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son . . . through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.”
May we listen carefully today, that we may know him.
Thank you, Lord, for speaking so clearly to us through the Word who became flesh: Christ the Creator, Christ the Savior, Christ the Judge of all humankind. May we meet him today, that we may be ready to meet him on the last day. Amen.
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