"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:1-5)
I love the book of John for many reasons, the way John writes, it speaks to me. It feels like he writes from the heart, not only the facts of his time with Jesus but of what those facts mean and how we should view them. I believe the start of this book is a great example of those writings. You see, John refers to Jesus as the word of God and then he goes on to say that Jesus was with God in the beginning, and through Jesus All things were made and that Jesus is the light which shines in the darkness and Jesus has overcome that darkness.
How does John know this? How does John connect these dots back to creation? John walked with Jesus, saw miracle after miracle, watched Jesus say and do things no one had ever done. Then he watched him be beaten and crucified. How could he believe that the son of God would die? Even if Jesus told him it would happen, how could he believe it would possibly happen? No way it would happen to this man, after all that he has done and said. But it did, and for 3 days Jesus was gone. Then he rose from the dead and appeared to his disciples and all the world got to hear about the resurrection because of the faith of John and the other disciples. And what does that do to John, and his faith?
It's clear to me in the first five verses of his book that John's Faith in Jesus is unwavering! He believes with every part of himself that Jesus is the Son of God and that Jesus is the light to All mankind!! Amen and Amen! Faith in God requires this type of belief in his son Jesus and in the power of the cross that he overcame. We must believe just as John does that our savior is life and that, that Life is the light which shines through in darkness.
I love how John uses things like light and darkness to show how the kingdom of God works. So, if you are in some kind of darkness and you don't know how to get out, place your faith in the one who has overcome the darkness, Jesus!
Prayer: Father, we believe in your son Jesus. We believe that he is the Word that was there in the beginning, we believe that he is the life that brings light which has overcome the darkness. Let my Faith shine bright today and use me for your glory. Amen.