John 1:1

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Title: "In the Beginning: The Word Became Flesh"

Study for John 1:1

Verse: John 1:1 (NIV) - "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

Devotional:

"In the beginning was the Word..."

These opening words of the Gospel of John transport us to the very dawn of creation. They invite us to peer into the depths of eternity past, before time and space existed. What a profound way to introduce the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, whom John would later describe as the Word made flesh.

"In the beginning was the Word..." In this simple phrase, we find a profound truth about the nature of Christ. He is not a mere human teacher or prophet; He is the eternal Word, existing before all things. He is the very expression of God's thoughts, the Divine Logos, the creative force behind the universe.

"...and the Word was with God..." Here, we encounter the beautiful mystery of the Trinity. In the beginning, Jesus, the Word, was in a perfect, intimate relationship with God the Father. This verse affirms the coexistence and coeternity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Son was not created; He has always been in communion with the Father.

"...and the Word was God." This statement is nothing short of staggering. The Word, Jesus Christ, is not a lesser god or a created being. He is God Himself, sharing the divine essence with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The deity of Christ is a foundational truth of the Christian faith.

As we meditate on this verse, we are reminded of the incredible love of God. In Jesus, the eternal Word, God chose to step into human history. He became flesh to dwell among us, to reveal His glory, and to offer us salvation. The Word, who spoke creation into existence, would one day speak words of grace and truth to redeem humanity.

Today, consider the significance of these profound words. Jesus, the Word incarnate, is the light that shines in our darkness. He is the source of life, the embodiment of truth, and the path to reconciliation with God. Let us worship Him not only for what He has done but for who He is – the eternal, unchanging Word of God.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the revelation of Your eternal Word, Jesus Christ. Help us to grasp the depth of His divinity and the beauty of His incarnation. May we follow Him as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and may His light shine brightly in our hearts. In His name, we pray. Amen.