The Word was in the beginning, was with God and was God. John declares that the Word created the world. The Word also is life. The life enlightens all men.
This Word became flesh and lived among us. He revealed God. “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” (Galatians 4:4) They learned He was the only begotten of the Father. His contemporaries saw Him, full of grace and truth. It showed up when He fed the multitudes, calmed the storms, healed the blind, ministered to children and the poor, or scolded the religious leaders. All the fullness of God was in Jesus. God sent the Word. However, God prepared the way for the Word by sending a witness and now we can experience the wonder.
The apostle John writes of John the witness. The prophet Malachi speaks of the witness when he writes, “Behold I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me.” As the witness he was first to say, “This is Him.” Here is the One I was telling you about. He is the One who comes after Me. The Word is more important than I. He was before Me.
How, when he was born prior to Jesus, can the witness make this claim? John knows Jesus is God. Jesus was in the beginning, at creation. The witness speaks of this One who came before him as creator and in the position as God’s only begotten Son. John is the witness to God being Man.
We have all received from His fullness, grace for grace. God through Moses brought the law. But now as the writer to the Hebrews states,” in these last days” God speaks through His Son. Rather than being about law, John writes, it is about grace and truth. “Where sin abounded, grace abounded much more.” Rom. 5:21.
No one has ever seen God. Moses saw His form but never His face. Now in the fullness of time, Jesus, the Word of God, declares Him. Jesus tells us that no man comes to the Father except through Him. He is the way, the truth and the Life. When we live in His truth, we will know the truth. It will set us free from the law of sin and death. In Him we have life, abundant life. It is a wonder! God sent the Word but prepared the way by sending a witness and we experience the wonder.