In the Beginning

Guiding Scripture 

John 1:1–5

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 were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (ESV)

Reflection

John 1:1-5 is a great example of the Old Testament pointing to the New Testament. Genesis 1 tells us about the origin of our creation. But what existed before the earth and humanity were made? The point John makes in the first five verses of his gospel is that without Jesus, creation doesn’t exist. You don’t exist. Jesus is the centerpiece of every chapter and verse. From the beginning to the end, John wants us to see that Jesus is the one who made them, sustains them, and would be sufficient to save them from the holy wrath that would be poured out on all sin. 

Those who love the outdoors have touched and seen some of the most untouched places on earth. We have seen the most peaceful sunrises and sunsets. We know the majesty of a mountain peak still dotted with snow in July. Sometimes it’s hard to imagine that something greater existed long before what we know of now. For some, it’s even harder to imagine that the same God who made it still exists and knows every rock and blade of grass more thoroughly than the greatest scientists ever could.  It’s also difficult to believe is that these beautiful things have all been touched by the curse enacted as a result of Adam and Eve’s sin. (Gen. 3:17-19) But once someone realizes these things, perhaps the hardest thing to believe is the reality that God has provided everything we need to be rescued from that curse through Jesus. 

Application

We all have a beginning and an end. When you believed and placed your trust in the merit of Jesus to secure your eternity with God, it was a miraculous work of God that provided a new beginning and a new end for you. Never forget that! The life you now have in Jesus was not your own doing, but the work of the almighty God to call your dead spirit back to life. (Ephesians 2:1-5) Because of this, you can say, “In my new beginning, was the Word. He is my light, and the darkness shall not overcome it.” 

Prayer

Father, you are the way, the truth, and the life. You know me better than I could ever know myself. You see the full consequence of my sin, and the full consequence of your son to save me from it. I confess that I often forget that I have been given a new beginning. I live my life according to the chains that once kept me far from you. I thank you for the freedom that has come through your powerful work in my heart and my mind. Bind them up that I may remain in your freedom this new day. 



Jim Richman