Tuesday 2 December, 2014

John 1:1-5

1 In the beginning, the Word was already there. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were made through him. Nothing that has been made was made without him. 4 Life was in him, and that life was the light for all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness. But the darkness has not understood it.

I love this passage. Like Genesis 1, it paints a cosmically huge picture of our creator God in terms that are poetic and imprecise enough that nothing is excluded, but absolutely clear that Jesus is both fully human and fully God, the creator.

I am astounded that Jesus is so huge that he was before the beginning and can never be extinguished, but he became a limited man and died to rescue me.

I’m in awe that he has so much authority that nothingness obeyed him and became something, chaos obeyed and became order, inanimate matter obeyed and became alive. And yet he listens to me.

He has so much power that he encompasses everything in this huge universe but is accessible to me. He’s my creator and my brother (first born of God’s children – Rom 8:29). He’s my lord and my friend.

My words here are pathetically inadequate to describe the wonder of the “the Word”. But thankfully John’s come pretty close.

My response has to be to worship him and to love him.

And I’m encouraged that though the darkness does not understand him, he shines through it and can never be extinguished by it.

Written by David Cornell

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