In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
I love the beauty and simplicity of this passage. I find I regularly return to it when I read my Bible.
Before all things, before YouTube or the Internet, before modernity, before philosophy or poetry or science, before the creation of this world or the universe, there was the Word. Before all things was the power, majesty, and glory of God.
We do our best to understand, to attempt to grasp the greatness of our God, but we hit a barrier. A. W. Tozer writes, “God is greater than mind itself. His greatness cannot be conceived. Nay, could we conceive of His greatness He would be less than the human mind which could form the conception. He is greater than all language, and no statement can express Him.” (The Knowledge of the Holy, p. 44)
We do our best to understand him, and we know that there is a level at which we can come to know him–God desires relationship with us and relationship implies knowledge of one another–but, we will never be able to comprehend him fully.
There’s a certain excitement that comes with contemplating the infinitude of God. That God is beyond any description or summary is incredible to me.
Consider John 1:3 and look at the photo below, “All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” This is the Hubble Deep Field image. It consists of 342 images that were stitched together, which covers about one 24-millionth of the sky (that’s 0.00000416% of the sky). Nearly every bit of light that you see in this image is a galaxy.
“By him [Christ] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Col. 1:15-16).
Through him all things were created and for him all things were created.
I have a hard time believing this could come to be by random, unguided, natural selection.
I’m astonished to consider that the One who spoke this into being chose to take on flesh to reconcile us to Him. Regularly, over the last couple weeks I’ve looked at Sophia and her utter helplessness and have said to myself, ‘Jesus allowed himself to be in this same state.’
The One who created all things came as a baby; a baby that couldn’t lift his own head, that couldn’t communicate except by crying, that couldn’t feed or clothe himself, that couldn’t walk or crawl.
As I reflect and prepare for the Junior and Senior High Bible studies in the new year, I’m surprised by this: that our society has a harder time accepting the miracles of Jesus (which, if you consider that he created the laws of nature, I would imagine it wouldn’t be too difficult for him to override or bend them) than it does the notion that the Almighty would limit himself so greatly to rescue a people who had chosen to reject him.