1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

What is one of your earliest memories? Many of us have trouble remembering what we ate for dinner last night, let alone what we received for Christmas when we were in kindergarten. Time flies. It seems like you blink and suddenly you’ve aged 20 years, right? It’s truly mind-boggling and extraordinary to consider, then, the eternal nature of Jesus.

That Jesus is the pre-existent and eternal Creator, though, is foundational to accurate understanding of who He is and what He has done for us. It presents further basis for His superiority over all, which is why the writer of Hebrews (Heb. 1:10-12) and John devoted attention to the topic at the start of their letters. Think about this—there has never been a time when Jesus did not exist. There was a time when He was not physically present on earth (and that time is also now), but both writers make clear that even when He is not seen, He is. Jesus is God.

When we read the creation account in Genesis, we are reading about Jesus’ pre-existent activity on planet earth. John wrote his letter for unbelievers that they might believe in Jesus and have eternal life. The writer of Hebrews wrote to believers that they might have courage and endure in the faith. That Jesus is God and has always and will always exist is one of the most ultimate things to know and believe, whether coming to faith in Christ or continuing by faith in Him. Whatever you want to know about God is revealed in the Person of Jesus Christ, who is God and was with God in the beginning. Whatever you want to know about life in Christ is revealed in Him who has ruled and reigned and will rule and reign forever and ever.

Jesus, as God in human flesh, reveals the fullness of the grace and truth of God. He is the Creator of all things and the author of our salvation. He is Supreme and worthy of our faith, love, worship, and endurance.

• What does it mean to you personally that Jesus is “the Word”?

• How should the truth of who Jesus is impact the emptiness and pain you experience in life?

• Thank God for revealing Himself to you through Jesus. Ask Him to remind you that Jesus is Supreme, that His love for you is great, and that He reigns eternally and is working toward bringing all His children home to live with Him forever.