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)
Jesus – The Word, The Life, The Light
The four gospels of the New Testament are four unique portrayals of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Matthew presents Jesus to the Jewish mind and Mark declares the power of Jesus to the Roman mind. Luke paints a picture of Jesus as a man with a body of flesh and John declares the glory of Jesus as God. In the gospel of John, the deity of the Son of God is formulated with proofs of His eternal nature and godhead. In the beginning of his gospel, John declares the character of Jesus as being the Word. Moses began the story of creation with God speaking to bring everything in the world into existence. God said, “Let there be light,” and it was so. The power of the word begins the history of humanity in creation and John begins the gospel of Christ with the Word that is Light. In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.
The story of Jesus does not begin in Bethlehem but in the divine realms with the Father. Jesus was not just a good man who changed the world, but God incarnate who moved the world. He was in the beginning with God. That is an incredible thought to consider. The subject of the gospels is about a man who was born of a woman that was in existence before time began. Jesus became flesh and lived on the earth in the same manner as all other men. He faced the same trials and temptations of the flesh and endured the onslaught of the wiles of the devil as all men. When the Jews rejected the man from Nazareth, they had Him killed on a Roman cross. When the body of Jesus gave out, He died. Two men buried Jesus in a tomb and sealed it with a large stone. The life of Jesus was unremarkable except for three things: He never disobeyed the will of His Father, He performed miracles by the Holy Spirit and the tomb could not keep Him.
Jesus was the Word and in the Word was life. All things were made by Jesus and He gave life to the body when Adam and Eve were created. Life comes from Jesus literally. The creation was the beginning of all life and without Jesus, nothing was made that was made. During the ministry of Jesus, He restored life to the daughter of Jairus, the widow’s son from Nain, and Lazarus. The apostles were given the power to raise the dead. There are stories of resurrection not recorded in the gospels, but life came through Jesus. The Word gives life.
The first thing God created was light because everything depends on light to live. Jesus is the light of the world because everything depends on that light. Satan cast the world into darkness and like the beginning of time, it was a place void and without form. Jesus came into the world to recreate the will of the Father. It begins with light. Jesus is the light of men and He shines in a world of darkness. Sadly, the world could not see the light of God in Jesus and they killed Him. This did not diminish the light but released that light in the resurrection for all men of every generation to see Jesus as the eternal light. The Word was Life who became the Light.
Salvation comes from the Word and there can be no hope without the Life. In the Word and through the Life, the Light of God shines clear to the will of the Father. Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s word, the promise of life in the promises of God, and the only light that shines on the truth of redemption. There is no other name that men can be saved. What man can find hope without the word, life and light? All three are found in creation and all are found in the new creation of Jesus Christ. The word, the life and the light cannot save unless you come to the Word, the Life, and the Light. Come to Jesus, dying sinner, other Savior there is none.