The Christmas Prologue 2: Jesus is God
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
This is the crux of the matter. This is the central truth of Christmas. This is why the major religions hate Christianity because of who we say the WORD is. Our LOGOS, our TORAH is Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ is God.
The cults of Christianity may hold the same beliefs yet it is verses like this that they twist to fit their deviances.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses for example (here’s what I learned at Bible College many years ago!!), here’s how they have translated the verse:
“and the Word was with God and the Word was a god.”
They have inserted ‘a god’ signifying Christ’s exalted status but as a creature. This translation helps them argue against the deity of Christ and his equality with the Father. But the ‘a’ is not there to be translated.
But why didn’t John simply write ‘and the Word was the God.’? That would have solved everything, right? NO. If John had used ‘the’ he would have confused the person of the Trinity and supported a heresy at the time (and still exists today) that all of God (the whole Trinity) was Jesus.
My memory served me well! I left Bible College in 1992!
John is writing his gospel so “that you may believe Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God” (20:21). This first verse is crucial to John. He gets it right. He has to. Jesus is Christ, the Messiah, the Anointed One, the SON, the TORAH, the LOGOS, the WORD and yet He is also God.
It is so hard for our tiny brains to fathom this. We never fully will on this earth. Our world is centred in uniqueness. No one person can actually be the same as the other, even family members. However, God is not us. Therefore, Jesus the Son is different to the Father and the Spirit and yet they are the same.
The second verse of the carol, O Come all ye Faithful says:
God of God, Light of Light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, Begotten not created.
In our world we use this equation 1+1+1=3 and in God’s world it is 1x1x1=1.
God is a triune God. “Tri” meaning three, and “Unity” meaning one.
How exciting is this opening verse from John! He knows it and he best expresses it keeping in mind to protect from every heresy he can think of at the time.
It still serves us so well today.
Further to this we and John knew what the prophets said of the Messiah being God.
For example, in Isaiah:-
7:14 the Virgin will give birth to a child and he will be called Immanuel ‘God with us’.
9:6 A Child is born, a son is given, he will be called Mighty God.
John had seen for himself and the gospel writers have painted us the picture of Jesus who accepted worship. Even from the beginning of his life on earth we read:
Matthew 2:11 Magi saw the child with his mother Mary and they worshipped him.
In Matthew 14: 32-33, Jesus accepted worship from his disciples when they got back into the boat and the storm had died down. Jesus didn’t say, “Stop, I’m just a prophet. Stop worshipping me.”
Jesus claimed to be God himself. John would write later in his gospel:-
6:46 Jesus was referring to himself who is the one who has seen the Father and that he is the sole medium by which men may come to know the Father.
8:19 If you knew me, you would know my Father also.
14:8-9 Philip asks Jesus to show them the Father, “Have I not been with you all this time?”
And the Word was with God and the Word was God.
Thank you John!
Who do you say I am? Jesus asks.
The place you give Jesus is crucial.
I saw a nativity scene the other day and heard an onlooker shout ‘where is Jesus?’ and sure enough there was a crib but no Jesus. The nativity scene was lovely but where on earth was Jesus? Stolen? Forgotten to get out of the box?
Make sure today that you worship Jesus, love Jesus, pray to Jesus and hold on to:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is God.