In John 1:1-18, we are blessed to have a beautiful prologue to one of the most compelling, life changing pieces of literature ever written: the gospel of John. John begins the Gospel with a powerful image: Jesus as the word. In the Greek the word, word, is logos. Logos is more than just a simple word spoken. Logos is a life changing, paradigm shifting word that gives power, word that brings truth, and word that equips the person to live their life to the fullest.
This text is a great reminder of God’s salvation history. 1) The word was with God in the beginning. This distinction is important because the Father and the Son are both God. The Son has the power and authority to create, forgive sins, and redeem humanity. The Word was with God and the Word is God.
2) The prologue continues by reminding us of the clear contrast between light and darkness. The darkness is shown in this text as really pervasive and extensive, however the great comfort and promise is found in the truth that the darkness will not overcome the light. What a great truth, no matter how hard, how challenging, how daunting, the darkness is it will never overcome the light.
3) Finally, in the prologue we see the goal of salvation: God becoming a human being. I love how Eugene Peterson translates John 1:14, “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.” God is here. He’s not going anywhere, and we have that great promise and truth this Christmas.