“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

John 1:1


In this first verse of the first chapter of the Gospel of John, Jesus is revealed as with God and was God. Many of us try to define Jesus and run down many of the corridors of our mind to capture his essence. In this fundamental sentence, which is remarkably similar to the first verse in the Bible (Genesis 1:1), Jesus is fully revealed. Jesus preexisted creation and was at the beginning. Jesus was with God and coexisted as the agent of creation. Jesus is also God, part of the Trinity, made of the three substances of God; God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. While we can try to define God in our human terms, no Bible verse better defines Jesus than thIS verse. For the first week of Advent, there is no better place to start than describing the origins and definition of Jesus.

Points of Reflection

  • Who is Jesus to you and how much is he involved in your life?
  • What are the most important stories you have heard about Jesus?
  • During this next week, how often have you seen or experienced Jesus?

Blessings, until next time,
Bruce L. Hartman

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