From the beginning of time, through creation and until the end of days, the Word of God is active and present. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us: Jesus is the alpha and omega, and his light has shone from eternity past into our world into eternity future…
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John starts his gospel account with five verses of amazing truth regarding the nature of God, creation, and God’s interaction with humanity. The Word is Jesus, who in verse 14 becomes flesh and dwells among us. For now, however, he is in the beginning. Is.
Just like Exodus 3 when God identifies himself to Moses as I AM. Present tense. Always. Always was. Always is. Always will be. Jesus is in the beginning. And he was with God. The only true God of Israel who is one according the essential teaching of the Hebrew shema in Deuteronomy 6.
And as John writes his account of the life and times of Jesus Christ, he expands our understanding of the nature of God to be more than God in a single character. God is two in these verses (the triune nature of God will emerge later). Jesus was with God and Jesus is God. And what could be more descriptive of Jesus’ identity as God than for him to be the creator.
Notice that the first example of Jesus’ deity is his role in creating everything. Only God is the creator. And so John makes no mistake as he asserts that Jesus is the one who created all things. In fact, life is in Jesus. Life comes from Jesus. Life was breathed into creation by Jesus.
His life, in fact, lights our world. If you read the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1, you will find that before the sun and moon were created, there was light. This is Jesus. His life lights up the heavens and earth. If you go to the end of the Bible, in Revelation 21:23, you will find that “the [heavenly] city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” Jesus lights heaven.
His light shines into our world and darkness cannot overcome his light. We live in some dark times, yet we can have confidence that even when the sun and moon cease to shine, Jesus is there. Always there. And he will light our world into the next.