I've been reading through the gospel of John for the 5th time this month. I don't write that to point out my piety, as much as I want those of you who follow this blog know, I'm fascinated by God's word. The intricate details, and the overall life-giving consequences I read through, are nothing short of remarkable.
I'm starting round six here today, and I'm stuck. Yep! Stuck. "In the beginning was the word. and the word was with God, and the word was God. He was with God in the beginning." (Jn. 1:1) I know it's the beginning of the book, and I ought to be a bit more scholarly to veer off into a deeper section of scripture, but think about that.
We know the Word is a reference to Jesus, because if you look down the chapter a bit, you see, "The word became flesh and dwelt among us." (Jn. 1:14) And so, my question today, What was it like?
We know God didn't create time, at least as we know it, until the fourth day. So was the beginning in John a concurrent reference to Gen. 1? If So, was Jesus there dwelling with God before the beginning?
I would love to see an account of God in the beginning.
Was He excited to create mankind and watch the world go round?
Was He nervous because He knew the choices mankind would make?
Was it like a heavenly dance with Jesus and the Holy Spirit, as the creative juice of the universe danced to a production never seen until that time?
Did Jesus plead with God as He understood the consequences of the creation?
Did the Holy Spirit act in congruity with the others as they donned it the dweller of earth?
It wasn't that long ago that talk of creation/evolution really got me upset. I thought, "No one was there, so what does it really matter?" But now, I get so excited when I think about the beginning! AND..I believe in the importance of understanding the beginning. For it is from the beginning that we all have life, and if we get the beginning wrong, then we miss the intentional consequences of God's design for us.
May we be a people that long to continue dwelling in the majestic beginning. For it was in the beginning that we all have life.
More from the Gospel of John coming soon.