In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being.
The prologue to John’s Gospel is a deeply mysterious and beautiful poem, one which has fascinated Christians of all cultures and across the centuries. It is a poem with seemingly limitless depths of meaning, and which inspires wonder and worship as we contemplate the mystery of the Word made flesh. From Genesis we know that God’s word is powerful in creation and here, in John’s account of the life of Jesus, we see God’s creative Word- without which nothing was made – making God known in person. God, the almighty, indescribable, unknowable becomes tangible and relational in Jesus, the Word incarnate. These verses are John’s invitation to us to read his Gospel and to meet the living God for ourselves; to experience God made real among us; to encounter the one through whom all things were made in the person of Jesus, and to discover the light of the world which can never be extinguished, no matter how pervasive the darkness we experience around us.
Here is God’s offer of hope, a hope that will never disappoint. A mystery indeed, a mystery beyond human words and imagining, but revealed in the baby born in Bethlehem.