Earlier in the year, I published a blog exploring John 1:1. (You can read that here.) I want to continue working through the first chapter of John for the rest of December. Because of the time of year, everyone seems to be talking about the birth of Jesus, and appropriately so. Understandably, most people jump to Matthew and Luke’s accounts of the birth narrative of Christ. No doubt, they are the most detailed accounts we can find of the birth of Jesus Christ. This advent season, however, I want to take a look at the Christmas story from John’s gospel. There is no great detail of the birth, but there is great detail of the implications of the birth of Jesus.
John’s introduction is beautiful. As he is explaining Jesus’s divinity and place among the Trinity in the first verse, he sets up the rest of his introduction. In the coming days, we will work through John’s entire prologue detailing the Incarnate Word. Today, we will take a look at John 1:2-5.
In verse 2, John explains that Jesus, the Word, was in the beginning with God. He has already informed us that the Word was God, but he follows that statement by declaring that He was in the beginning with God. Being with God implies that the Word was a distinct being from God. We see the beauty of the Trinity in this single verse. God the Father and God the Son are two distinct beings while being one. Along with the Holy Spirit, the three make up the Trinity. They are three who’s and one what. They are all distinct and have differing purposes, but they are one.
We like to think of Jesus as being primarily involved in the New Testament, during his Incarnation. John informs us, by the inspiration of the Spirit, that Christ was actively involved in the creation. According to our prologue of the Gospel of John, nothing was made apart from him. The Word, Jesus Christ, is no minor player in the Old Testament. Rather, the implications of John 1:3 are that Christ has been actively involved all throughout redemptive history. Nothing has come to pass of which he was unaware. Jesus is not the man who randomly shows up in Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. He is the Lord of All, and he has never been passive in involvement.
Through Christ’s Incarnation, the light has come to the earth. Through Christ, we have life. The light of Christ “shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” No amount of darkness can ever overcome the light found in Christ.
This passage gives me great hope in Christ. I would not want to serve a savior who was not eternal, or who isn’t actively involved in his creation. Jesus Christ has always been actively involved, and that gives me comfort. Jesus is a great creator, and a greater Savior. I pray that this passage gives you hope in the only source of hope to be found: Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, the Lord, and the Light, and through Jesus, we can have life.