When does the story of the good news about Jesus begin? At his first public sermon in his home town of Nazareth? (Very popular…the congregation tried to kill him at the end of the service). At his birth in Bethlehem? (Hark, the Herald Angels Sing, etc.). Or maybe even further back with the many Old Testament prophecies that anticipated the Messiah’s arrival on our planet?
The apostle John begins his gospel with an amazing cosmology – an explanation of the origin and ultimate destiny of the universe. Jesus is described as “the Word”, a term that would resonate with both his Jewish and Greek audience. He packs in a lot of content into his first sentence.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
It’s got a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? The translators have done an elegant job of communicating John’s words. Going back to the original Greek, it would go something like this…
Before the beginning began, the Word was already there, and the Word was face to face with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
Wow, imagine that. Before everything got started, Jesus was already there. In fact, He created everything. (Keep reading in John 1 if you don’t believe me).
So, what difference does this make for us today? As I reflect on this truth, it gives me confidence in who Jesus is and His call on our lives.
It stiffens my resolve to fight against injustice. It gives me optimism as I share my faith. It gives me hope as I pray for myself, my family and my community (even the world). Before all of history (whether recorded or not) began, He was already there. So…He should know what’s going on right? He knows how the story of the universe ends. He invites us to be a part of his plan for the cosmos, even our little part in it.
What comes to mind, when you “think on these things”?