“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 apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life and the life was the Light of men” John 1:1-4.
John the Evangelist began his Gospel with the above statement, he was truly the first apostle who recognised who Jesus was. He was the first among all the twelve apostles to understand spiritually the true identity of his Master. He understood that all visible creation had come into existence through the word (an expression of an idea, a thought or will) and that word, spreading life, created light.
The very light which at that time was only understood by a few. It was John who first understood with his heart what others were trying to comprehend with their intellect, that Jesus gives life, and light only to the one who possesses that love which Christ was spreading and insisting upon throughout the universe.
John loved Jesus in the spirit, where as the other apostles understood Him to be the truth. This explains John’s first word at the beginning of his Gospel, which testifies of God’s Might, His love and creation and how God was not recognized by His people Israel when He appeared as Christ.
These first words of John proves his deep understanding of Jesus’ teaching and His mission. The confession of John the Baptist who was sent to pave the way and prepare the Jewish people for the reception of Jesus’ teaching also contributed to helping John the Evangelist understand who Jesus was.
John the Baptist was the awakener, the forerunner who was sent to prepare the hearts of the people to make them receptive for something greater. This is the reason John exclaimed, “This was He of whom I said, He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me” John 1:15.
John was speaking of the word that created the entire universe. It is this word, or the Mighty will power that felt the need to clothe itself in a human form and once as human brought Spiritual Light and life personally to those who were walking in darkness.
For John’s words “In the beginning was the word—– and the word was God”, can be interpreted as. In the beginning there was God, the Mighty Creator, who spread living light through the whole universe in order to awaken life. And now in Christ it is the same God, who once again sends His word as light through the whole universe, there to spread His light, love and life.