Gospel of John 1:1-18
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All
things came into being through him, and without him not one
thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was
life, [a] and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in
the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He
came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe
through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify
to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was
coming into the world. [b]
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him;
yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his
own, [c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who
received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become
children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the
flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have
seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, [d] full of grace
and truth. 15 (John testified to him and cried out, “This was he of
whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because
he was before me.’”) 16 From his fullness we have all received,
grace upon grace. 17 The law indeed was given through Moses;
grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen
God. It is God the only Son, [e] who is close to the Father’s
heart, [f] who has made him known.
When given the opportunity, one of the things I
enjoy is listening to children articulate their thoughts on
a particular subject.
I’ve asked kids questions such as: “What is God
like?” and “What do you think about Santa Claus?”
Their answers fascinate me because they reveal not
only things heard and learned, but also the child’s
personality and imagination.
Words are powerful expressions of what we think
and who we are.
“The Word became flesh and lived among us.”
Enthralling words from the writer of John’s Gospel.
Eight words that help us understand the writer’s
perspective. Eight words conveying insight into the
ineffable mystery of God.
When we choose to share our thoughts, we must
express them in words. But as I said before, words
reveal more than our thoughts.
Words reveal our intentions and plans, our hopes
and desires, our imagination and deepest self. And,
words are the means of connecting with others.
Jesus Christ is the revelation of God’s intentions
and plans for humanity, God’s hopes and desires for
every person throughout the ages. Jesus Christ
expresses God’s imagination and the Divine Essence.
Jesus Christ is God’s brightly shining light
drawing us close and connecting us to God’s heart.
Jesus Christ is God’s Word made flesh, blood and
bones so that we may see, know and experience God’s
loving desire for us. The Word made flesh connects us
with God so that we can enjoy a transformative,
meaningful relationship with the God of the universe
who created us and all there is.
To understand the meaning of John’s Gospel, we
must remember the focus is on God’s Incarnate Word.
John invites us to encounter Christ Jesus, God’s Word
becoming flesh, blood and bones and living among us
so that we may experience the presence, essence and
passionate love of the one, true God.
May our encounter with Christ Jesus empower us
to see, experience and be God’s lights brightly shining
in our world, so that we may draw people ever closer to