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 nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. (John 1:1-5)
The Word, The Creator, And The Light
John describes Jesus in the three roles necessary for man to come to God. Human wisdom cannot bring happiness to man’s soul, and God has always given His word as guidance. Hearing the word of God will have no importance if man does not believe that God, as Creator, has all power to accomplish what He says He will do. Thirdly, as the word of God is manifest to humanity and the assurance of God’s power is seen, the human spirit can find the true light that will guide him to live a life with hope and promise. All of these traits are based on the truth that Jesus is God.
Adam and Eve were helpless without the guidance of their Creator. When God placed them into the garden, He gave them instructions. There were things they were permitted to do, but God prohibited them from eating the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When human reasoning caused them to disobey the word of the Lord, Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden, and sin took dominion of the soul of man. The world rejected God’s word, but Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord because he believed the word. Obeying the instructions of God, Noah built an ark to save his household. Abraham received the word of the Lord and obeyed. Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David all obeyed the word of the Lord and were blessed in their lives.
Jesus came to be the Word of God and to share the Word of God with all men. The Son of God was the embodiment of the message of the Father as Jesus taught the people, lived an example of the word, and gave His life in a demonstration of the word. Everything about Jesus exemplified the message of a loving Father seeking His children’s renewal to His love and care. The word of God is the message of a dying Savior. Before time began, Jesus was with the Father and knew God’s will was to come to earth and die for the sins of humankind. He willingly offered His life to become the eternal word and show the glory of the word of God to humanity.
Hearing the word of God could not save a man alone. This required a belief in the message. Jesus performed many miracles to prove He was the Son of God. Unlike His faithless disciples, there was nothing Jesus could not do. As Creator, Jesus had dominion over substance, time, spirits, and death. He could not have this power if He were not the Creator of all things. It was a marvelous thing to consider the Creator walking among men. The signs, wonders, and miracles Jesus performed pointed all men to the Father to confirm the Word and to confirm Jesus as the Divine word. Rejecting the miracles meant that men were rejecting the Creator.
Hearing the word of the Lord and believing it through the power of Jesus, the light of salvation shone in the hearts of honest men. The challenge of humanity is to know where to go and how to live. Living in darkness, human wisdom could not answer the questions of life. Jesus came as the Word to give hope, as the Creator to show His power, and as the Light to guide all men to the Father. Light gives life. Jesus came to give life to dying souls burdened with the guilt of sin. Only the divine light can separate the darkness of sin and open the vistas of divine grace. Jesus taught the word as the light of the world. His power as Creator established His authority to dispel the darkness. Through the light of His life, Jesus opened the doors of Heaven for all who would obey to come to the Father.
Jesus was the Word, and through that word came truth. His authority was Creator establishing His word from the Father. Through the teachings of Jesus Christ, the light of salvation shines throughout the world for all to see, know, and hear the redemptive grace of a loving Father. When men read the word, accept the dominion of Christ in their lives, and walk in the light, they will find the glories of heaven waiting for them and the blessings of the Father. The Word. Creator. Our Light.