Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Deus Verbum | The Word was God

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". - John 1:1

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This is a very deep and important passage. It's a privilege, an honour for me to write a short reflection on the One and Only Savior, Jesus Christ. Although I don't think it would ever be enough.

Jesus Christ is known as The Living Word (1 Pet 1:23). The Word who became flesh, who became a human, while He Himself was God. This is what John the Baptist wants to emphasize. The deity of Jesus Christ. In the beginning the Word already existed, together with God as He was God (v.1). This is in accordance with our belief in the Holy Trinity. The fact of the Triune God is seen here: "Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness…'" (Gen 1:26).

He is the Creator of the world – God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him (v.3, NLT). He brought life and light into everything that was created (v.4). Sadly, when He came to the world, the world didn't recognize Him, even rejected Him (v.10-11).

Throughout history people debated over "Who Jesus Christ was". Some said He was a prophet, some said He was a good, perfect man. But John talked about His glory that people had seen, the glory of the One and Only Son of the Father (v.14). God can give birth to a child (spiritually) without any help from a woman or a human being because He is God. As the Only Begotten Son of the Father (v.18), Jesus has the same nature as God, God the Son. Like a child has the same nature as his parents.

The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ (v.17). Men cannot be full of grace and truth because we are all fallible. Only God can. For those who receive Jesus Christ in your life, who believe in His name, He gives you the right to be the children of God (v.12). 

Let His light shine over your life, guide your life in the truth, and let's be grateful because the darkness will never extinguish this Light (v.5)!

Reflection on John 1: 1-18 by Desire Litaay
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