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IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD...

In the first 18 verses of the first chapter of John we read the most wonderful truths concerning Jesus.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (vs.1). 

In the beginning....

Does this sound familiar?

It should, because Genesis 1 begins the same way.

In the beginning, when everything was created, Jesus was there.

"He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being" (vs.2-3).

Colossians 1:16 expands a bit on this verse: "For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him."

In Him... 

Through Him...

For Him...

Everything exists because of Jesus, and everything exist for Him.

"In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.... There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man" (vs.4-5;9).

Through Jesus we have received life and light. He gave us His very own life so we can be alive to God: "For in Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28).

And when we walk in the light as He is in the light, we will never stumble and "we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin" (1 John 1:7).

"He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him" (vs.10-11).

These two verses are actually quite sad. The world and the people in it were made through Jesus, but they didn't know Him and they didn't recognize Him. 

He was born into the Jewish nation, the people God chose to make Himself known to the rest of humanity, but they didn't receive Him for they didn't know Him either.

"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God" (vs.12-13).

Fortunately God didn't give up when the Jews didn't want to acknowledge Jesus or receive Him as Lord and Saviour.

God knew this was the way it was going to be even before He sent Jesus to earth.

Now the rest of mankind also have an opportunity to come to Jesus and be born again. Everyone who receives Him becomes a child of God. 

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And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testified about Him and cried out, saying, 'This was He of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.'' For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ" (vs.14-16).

Grace and truth.

Jesus is grace and He is truth.

Because of Him we are no longer under the Law, but we are under grace.

We don't have to try and keep the Law to be in right standing with God, we receive right standing with Him by grace through our faith in Jesus as Saviour.

Now Jesus enables us through the Holy Spirit to do what God instructs us to do.

"No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him" (vs.18).

Jesus came to make God know to us.

When Phillip asked Him to show them the Father, Jesus replied, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father '?" (John 14:9).

Through Jesus we get to know the Father and we come into relationship with Him. We now have peace and right standing with Him.

All these, and so much more, we have and we are because of Jesus, the Word that was from the beginning; the Word that became flesh and gave His life so we can live.