In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God. The Word came to the world. It took on the earthinesss and grittiness of humanity. The Word gave those who would believe in the character and the goodness of God, the right to become children of God. The Word revealed God’s glory, His supreme goodness to a fallen people in active rebellion against their Maker. The Word allowed us to see in human flesh, for the first time, the very thing Moses cried out for: the glory of God.
- Then Moses said “Now show me your glory.” And then the Lord said “I will cause my goodness to pass in front you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”
- Exodus 33:18–19
God became flesh so we could see His goodness, experience His mercy, and receive His compassion in the form of Jesus. This Word, Jesus in the flesh, gave us fresh grace. The grace He offered was greater than the law because the point of the law was to anticipate the coming of the Word, Jesus Himself.
Not only did the Word come to reveal who God was in the flesh, He became our Passover lamb. He took the sin, the weight, the burden of the world in active rebellion so they could be redeemed and restored to the Father.
Then, He begins to call His disciples. He begins to invite others into relationship with Him, to learn from Him, to walk with Him. As they say “yes,” they begin to invite others to join this Messiah. Relational evangelism is at the core of the calling of the disciples. Jesus is so attractive that others can’t help but bring in their friends and family.
In the beginning was the Word. He was the light of life; the light that shines in the darkness; the light that cannot be overcome. The Word is active in the world today through us, the children of God. Jesus left us with the gift of the Holy Spirit that we might be the goodness of God in a world in active rebellion against their Creator. Jesus came and made His home with us so we could, as the first disciples did, share Him with others. In a world that is dark, broken, and without hope, may we be the image bearers of the Imago Dei. May we shine so brightly in the darkness that it simply can’t overcome.