“The Word was God” (John 1:1)
Who is Jesus? This is a question of most significance. Some say a good teacher. Others say a moral man. Many think he was a magician who performed miracles. Most would say the Son of God, but so many of these people deny that Jesus is God. This is truly a grave error. “The Word was God” is clearly speaking of the fact that Jesus Christ is God.
Jesus Christ has always existed. He is eternal or you could say from everlasting to everlasting. When we think of Jesus our minds tend to go right to his earthly life in his human form. But we must not forget that Jesus has always been in fellowship with his Father and the Holy Spirit. The beginning of John 1 says, “In the beginning” which is a reference backing to Genesis 1 which states, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Then John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God.” Clearly we can see that Jesus was “in the beginning” with God which means he existed before the world began. This wording is to help us wrap our minds around the eternality of Jesus. It is true that Jesus is the Son of God but we must see from Scripture that “The Word was God.”
You might be asking at this point: The Bible says “The Word was God’ but how do we know Jesus is “The Word”? John knows the question will be asked so in John 1:14 he answers: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John gives clarity to our clouded minds to see that “The Word” is in fact Jesus. The very Creator of the world has come down to take on humanity for one sole purpose: To glorify his Father through his perfect life and death. The text says, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:2). “The Word” is where true life is found. In Christ we can have life that is everlasting. If Jesus were merely a man who claimed to be the Son of God then we would have no hope of redemption. In order for salvation to take place in Jesus he must be the One he claimed to be. Jesus had to be fully God and truly human. He must be perfect in order to pay the price for sin and he must be fully human in order to be our sympathetic High Priest. This is why we cannot casually read over such a small phrase like “The Word was God.”
One last point I find very interesting. When people make the claims of Jesus being a good teacher or a moral man or a magician or the Son of God they are stating some belief in the Bible. They are not all out denying Jesus but they are making Jesus whatever they want him to be. Would it not make more sense for these people to deny that Christ ever existed? It wasn’t just John who declared Jesus to be God but Jesus himself said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30). A good moral teaching miracle worker who claims to be God is either crazy or God. Jesus said, “I lay down my life that I might take it up again” (John 10:17). This would be crazy unless he did lay down his life and raise it up again. Many people do not deny the crucifixion of Christ but as soon as the resurrection is mentioned they change their tone. See the resurrection is the verification that Jesus is exactly who he claims to be. Most people don’t want the resurrected Jesus because the he has authority over life and death but our pride holds us back from submitting to him because we want the control. A resurrected Jesus is scary to those who want to be their own authority. But the truth is the truth so on God’s word I stand saying with John, “The Word was God.”
Grace upon grace,