The first five verses of John’s Gospel may very well be my favourite verses in all of scripture. One could study them for a whole year and still not grasp the full weight and complexity of their meaning. Previously, I’ve been focused on the Light, but today, the Word jumped out at me.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (NIV)
Revelation 19:13 speaks of Jesus and his name is the Word of God. So, one could read the first verse of John like this:
In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.
If Jesus is the Word of God, what does the Bible have to say about the Word?
…so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 55:11 (NIV)
In this context, Jesus had to give himself up as a sacrifice for our sins because that is what he was sent to do. And if God’s Word, Jesus, will accomplish what God desires, Jesus had to achieve the purpose for which he was sent.
For me, this is another one of those big revelations that needs time to roll around and fully form. Read these verses again for yourself and see what God is speaking to you through His Word.
Read: 1 Kings 14-15, John 1:1-28