In the beginning… John 1:1-5

John 1:1-5 (NLT)
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
3 God created everything through him,
and nothing was created except through him.
4 The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
5 The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.

Another atheist on TV. Who does God think he is to curse us to damnation was what I got out of his complaint. Why can’t I do what I and not worry about some stupid God (If he doesn’t believe in God, isn’t this a stupid point to be hinging on?)? I didn’t get it, but apparently he did, because he works for that marvelous atheist organization out of Madison and was on TV. Certainly more than I’ve done….

I digress. In the beginning the Word already existed and nothing was created except through him. The word gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light to everyone. Even atheists. Even the metal workers who craft the weapons of war. Everything.

The light shines in the darkness, it sure does. And the darkness tries to extinguish it at every turn. Freedom of religion has turned into freedom from religion except the religion of no religion. Genocide of Christians is common in the world and the world sits by enveloped by darkness, it’s self-righteous tongue tied to its limp backbone. Yet, the light shines and grows. We wait.

John 1:10-12 (NLT)
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.

We haven’t changed that much since Christ first arrived. Sure, our knowledge base is much, much greater. Our technology is expanding at a rate we can’t keep up with. It’s not that we’re smarter or wiser, we just know more. And we still don’t recognize him for all He is. You’d think that answering the one question – how did it all start? – would logically take us to one place, the place that says “In the beginning…”. Nope. We haven’t changed much, maybe regressed significantly in our new found knowledge. With all of our knowledge, we have to start our discussion at some point after the beginning and quibble over details, because we can’t answer the beginning except with “in the beginning…”. And we miss the fact that He also gave us the right to become the children of God.

John 1:14 (NLT)
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

And we mock Him until we don’t. We try to box him, until he shows us he can’t be boxed.

In the beginning there was the Word, and it’s still here. The Word, in all its glory and truth, is still here for us to find through the promise of becoming the children of God.

John 1:14 (NLT)
13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

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