What the Bible says...
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (v. 1-3)
So what does it mean when it says in the beginning was the Word?
Most importantly, notice that it says in the beginning, not at the beginning, or from the beginning… in the beginning implies that Jesus was already there, John marks the start of Jesus life as something that took place before the beginning of eternity.
So why did John call God the Word? ... It seems like an odd thing to call someone. I mean what word are they talking about, the Bible or some other word?
The word John used for word in the original Greek is logos. Here John is referring to a popular philosophy by Plato; which was centered around the belief that the logos, the word was the foundation of everything on earth. Plato believed that the earth was the shadow of the reality of the logos that existed somewhere in the heavens. He said that behind everything there is a perfect thought (logos), but the Jews took it one step further, realizing that if there is a perfect thought there must be a perfect thinker. So what John is ultimately saying is that “In the beginning was the Word, God not just a philosophy but a Personality. In the beginning was the Logos—the perfection and the Thinker.”
So what does this mean in relation to our study? It means we know who Jesus is.
He is more than a mere man, He is God and has always been around—even before eternity, it means that He created all things. He was the Personality and Thinker that John refers to, and through Jesus we can have life and light.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:4-5
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9 That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9
John the Baptist was sent to tell us about Jesus, to tell the world that Jesus was among them, but that man would not accept Him. (They would in fact crucify Him.)
But more importantly John the Baptist wanted us to know that those that do receive Him gain the right to become His children.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name… John 1:12
Jesus spent His life on earth proclaiming the truth to everyone around Him. Along the way He called 12 men to do life with Him, to learn from Him. So that when He was gone they could be a witness to others and spread the gospel throughout the world. But even as Jesus walked the earth He was using others to bring people to Him.
35 Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples. 36 And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus. John 1:35-37
40 One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. 41 He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). 42 And he brought him to Jesus. John 1:40-42
43 The following day Jesus wanted to go to Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me.” 44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” John 1:43-45
"Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
Secondly, if He saved us so we can be His disciples then we need to be sharing Jesus with others. His light needs to shine in our lives.
15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15
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