John 1 (the message)
1-2 The Word was first,
the Word present to God,
God present to the Word.
The Word was God,
in readiness for God from day one.
3-5Everything was created through him;
nothing—not one thing!—
came into being without him.
What came into existence was Life,
and the Life was Light to live by.
The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness;
the darkness couldn’t put it out.
6-8There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.
9-13The Life-Light was the real thing:
Every person entering Life
he brings into Light.
He was in the world,
the world was there through him,
and yet the world didn’t even notice.
He came to his own people,
but they didn’t want him.
But whoever did want him,
who believed he was who he claimed
and would do what he said,
He made to be their true selves,
their child-of-God selves.
These are the God-begotten,
14The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.
Such a marvelous mystery…
No human can ever comprehend how Christ – the Word – can be God, and yet be “in readiness for God.” How can God be God, and yet be three distinct beings? It is the mystery of the faith, and only through faith can a person believe this is true, without having the understanding to determine its truth for himself.
But isn’t it amazing to know that Christ has always been. He took part in Creation, and the Holy Spirit did as well. He followed the Father’s will, and left Heaven to live on earth in fully human form – yet He was still fully God, just limited (by choice) to the confines of a human body. God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that Christ would have to leave Heaven. He knew that after Christ’s resurrection and ascension into Heaven, the believers would need the ministry of the Holy Spirit in their hearts.
Think about it – if the Trinity was not the Trinity, if God was just one instead of three, He would have had to leave the throne of Heaven in order to come to earth and die. Christians would not have God’s Spirit present with them once He returned to Heaven. It would be impossible for this scenario to work. I am so very thankful that God is the Trinity – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and I am in awe of this marvelous mystery.
Such an Indescribable Gift…
Christ gave life from the beginning. And He came to earth to minister in flesh and blood in order to show us the Life-Light – the Life we were created to live, and the Light by which to recognize it for what it truly is – hope of eternal salvation. Those of us who have accepted God’s gracious gift of forgiveness and eternal life through Christ Jesus’ sacrificial death and resurrection have the “real thing.” We are our “true selves, our child-of-God selves.” There is such peace and freedom in the Life-Light.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! ~ 2 Corinthians 9:15, NIV