The Word started it all, sustains it all, and will settle it all. The Word is the beginning, middle, and end.
I was meditating on the Book of John, particularly John chapter 1. As I read this passage, taking the time to read, meditate on, and listen to each verse, I kept thinking of Genesis 1. I had never paid attention to how similar John 1, and Genesis 1 are. As I then took the time to read over Genesis 1 as well, it was as though a puzzle started to take shape right in front of my eyes, center pieces and all. I was too excited to contain it.
What ended up forming from this study is what I like to call a John 1 and Genesis 1 mash-up. A ‘Johnesis’ if I dare call it so.
Genesis starts us off with creation. How earth as we know it, and all that is in it came to be. Through the Word of God. John 1 tells us of the manifestation of Jesus Christ, the Word, the life that was made manifest for the redemption of man. So seemingly different, but are they really? I will do my best to share with you what got me so excited.
John 1:1-3 states, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him, all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” Genesis 1: 1-4 says “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God SAID, “Let their be light”, and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.”
You see, in the beginning, the Word was with God, because the Word was God. God used His Word to create the heavens and the earth. The Word was with God in the beginning even though the earth had no form and was void. Darkness covered the face of the earth, to the very depths of it all, but through this Word, all things were made. Nothing was made outside of the Word. It was through the Word that life was given to all things that were created, for the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters, but it was not until God said (spoke His Word into the earth) “Let their be light”, that there was light, and from there the Word began to shape the first signs of life. For in the Word, in Him, was life and the life in Him, was the light of man. The light that shines in darkness and the darkness has not, and cannot overcome it. And God saw that the light was good. So God separated the light from the darkness.
The Word is life. The Word is the creative power of God.
The Word is the very reason you and I are alive today. The Word is the very foundation of our salvation. The Word is what sustains all thing that exists, and all things that will ever exist. The Word is the standard, the starting point, the reference point of God. The Word is the only thing that God has placed above His name. The Word is the only thing that God respects and adheres to. Anything or anyone outside of the Word, is not of God, because God’s checkpoint is always His Word. Anything or anyone outside of the Word, is of the darkness, and is separated from the light, separated from the life of man. Because, it is only in the Word that you will find life and light. It is in the Word that you have liberty. It is in the Word that you find true and total freedom.
For before we ever were, the Word was. As we are, the Word is. After we will cease to be, the Word will be. Jesus is the Word of God. “For the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory. The glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” “For in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.”
So let us take some time to come to know this Word. The Word that is the power of God. The Word by which the world was created, nay, the universe was created. The Word, the One and Only Son of God, Jesus Christ, that God used to create you and I. The Word that not only gave life to man, but also sustains the life of man. The Word that is the final point, the period in the pages of God’s book. The Word that is more than willing to speak to, breathe into, and live in the life of anyone who desires in their heart to have this Word as their own. God’s Word is still alive and active, desiring to create in your life much more than you can ask for, think of or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
THE WORD – The One that was (Beginning), the One that is (Middle), the One that will always be (End).
"He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (John 1:10-13)
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