1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
Interestingly, John’s first 5 verses seem repetitive but they are not. Rather they are defining. Jesus IS God. Jesus has been with and is God since the beginning of all things. (Revelation 21:13
“And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him
that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.“) In verses 2 and 3, John simplifies verse one perfectly! Everything and all things were made by God the Father and the Lord Jesus.
Verses 4 and 5, I cherish richly: Jesus was/is/always will be the “Giver of Life” and the “Light of the World”. If ever the word “awesome” could be used honestly (and not flippantly) it’s after reading these five verses. Verse 5 tells us that because man is born with a sinful nature, there is darkness in our hearts and we are unable to understand within the limitations of our humanity who God/Jesus Christ/The Holy Spirit is.
In these opening lines (verses) of John’s Gospel; he introduces us to Jesus by creating a beautiful vision
as only the Apostle John could do. I say that because as I read and studied the statement ‘the Word’,
I found that when John wrote the Revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ (the book of Revelation)
in chapter 19… in verses 11-13 “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that
sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war . His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture (outside garment) dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.”
I want to interject here, I believe John was the “apostle whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23; 19:26; 20:2; 21:7; 21:20). John had a very special relationship with our Savior. The final verses of John’s Gospel lend themselves to this belief’ John 21:15-25 when our Lord spent time, after His bodily resurrection, dining with several of the twelve. Sharing that special love with Jesus shows in every word of John’s Gospel.
The summation of the Gospel message to man starts here. In these verses John sets the stage for the prophecies of the Messiah (from the Old Testament prophets) to take place. Blessed be the LORD God Almighty who gave us an opportunity to “see the light of the SON” ♥ Streim