“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 came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.” (John 1:1-3)
“In the beginning…” What beginning? Certainly not God’s beginning. God is infinite, eternal, the beginning and the end with no beginning or end (another one of those great paradoxes). But in this beginning we find in Genesis. In the beginning of time and creation. In the beginning of our story, not God’s.
“…was the Word.” Why the Word? Why not Savior, Emmanuel, Prince of Peace, Lamb of God, or one of the many other names assigned to Jesus?
In light of the context, it makes perfect sense.
In the beginning, the Word spoke and time came into being. The sun took its place in the heavens, the planets were set into orbit, and stars inundated the night sky. By the power of His spoken word, the land, seas and sky were created and filled with life. With a word and a holy breath, He created man in His own image.
“And God said…,” and there was. And He declared it good.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could say, “let there be supper” and there was supper, and we could declare it good? We must “do.” God must only “say.”
You know what’s just as amazing? If we are in Christ, if we are resting in His sacrifice alone for forgiveness of our sins, we have been transformed by the power of the Word. And we have access to all that power through the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. (Acts 1:8) In Psalm 27:14, David commends us to “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Just imagine what we could accomplish for God’s kingdom if we walked, moment by moment, by the power of the Word!
Thank you for the power of your Word, not only to bring all things into being, but to change lives. Your strength is perfected in my weakness. Teach me to depend on your power to stand against temptation, to stand firm in my faith, and to, one day, stand in your presence blameless and with great joy.