There is so much to unpack in one verse in the bible- John 1:1. To start with there is a huge attention getter for a Jew living at the time John was written in the first three words.
In the beginning
Why are those words so important? The first three words of the bible in Genesis 1:1 are- in the beginning. Any Jew at the time would have been ready to hear the creation account upon hearing those three words. So before even going into the rest of verse 1, John has the audience thinking about God creating the world.
What is in a title? I have various titles. Titles represent a part of who I am but not all of who I am. They also represent who I am to that person. The most common title for me is- Teacher. I get called teacher by my students and I hear teacher more than my name throughout the week, I also respond to hey you but I digress.
John goes on with a title- The Word.
In the beginning was the Word
The word to a Jew represented God speaking, God revealing himself. Then John goes on to share 2 crucial things about the word- with God and was God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
So we see The Word was in the beginning with God and was God. We know the title, but we don’t have a name yet.
In verse 14 we read:
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.
So whoever the Word is became a human being, became flesh. The Word is referred to as the one and only Son who came from the Father full of grace and truth.
Then in verse 17 we read
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
So we know that The Word became a human being, was full of grace and truth and that the name of that person is Jesus Christ.
God loves us so much that Jesus came full of grace and truth to be our Savior. God loves you that much. Let that sink for a minute and don’t gloss over it. God loves you so much that Jesus came to be your Savior.
I will try to make Tuesdays the day that I share my notes from John in the bible. Please let me know if that interests you.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.