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In the Beginning

John 1:1-5

Verse 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

We mentioned yesterday about Jesus being the Mighty God, the Creator of the universe, but have we thought about the fact that Jesus was there at creation? How could a baby that wasn’t born for 2000 years in the future be there at the beginning of time?

These puzzling questions can have our minds feeling like they are doing mental gymnastics. To break the puzzle into workable pieces we need to look at two verses that start out the same, “In the beginning.” That may seem like where the similarities end but actually that is just the beginning. In the Genesis verse the word God comes next. There are multiple words used for God in Hebrew. This particular word is “Elohim” which is a masculine plural form of God, proving the Trinity was the God of creation.

In the New Testament version of “in the beginning” the phrase is followed with “was the Word.” The Greek term for Word is talking about the spoken word. God/Elohim spoke creation into being. Verse 3 in our passage for the day says, “Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” This shows Jesus as the one that brought creation into being.

There is only one way that a baby born 2000 years after creation could be the one that spoke everything into existence and that is that this baby wasn’t solely human. He had to be human in the sense that He was born through the natural means of childbirth, this ensured His humanity so that He could die the way He did. But to be not only present at the beginning of time but also the creator thereof, He had to be God, a being that was outside of time and space, so that He could be perfectly holy allowing Him to be the perfect sacrifice that was needed for the removal of our sins.

Had Jesus not been fully human in the sense of His physical nature while living among His creation, His life couldn’t be given and we would be lost forever because of our sins. He could have done all the miracles He desired and taught until He was blue in the face but it would have done us no good. On the other hand if He had been completely human with no Godly nature, He wouldn’t have been able to rise again leaving us with no assurance of being with Him forever. He had to be both fully God and fully man to be the needed Redeemer and Savior. Joy to the world! The Lord has come!

Making It Personal

What does it mean to you that Jesus was fully God and fully human? Does knowing that He is the God man change how you see Him? Meditate on what His coming means for you.

Making It Personal Kids

Did you know that Jesus created the world? What does it mean to you that Jesus was both God and human? Do you like learning more about Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for choosing a complex plan that is outside time and space. Only through this plan of fully God and fully man could redemption and salvation come. Give us hearts to obey You and a desire to share You with all we come in contact with. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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