The Word: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer

The Word: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer

The Word: Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer

John 1:1-5

In June, those in the northern hemisphere enjoy summer and experience the longest day of the year. The light from the sun feeds and nourishes the earth. The greens of summer overwhelm the eye and it is difficult to not be amazed at the wonder of creation. The hearts of believers are easily lifted up in thanksgiving to the Creator during this season.

In the Gospel of John, the apostle takes us on a profound journey, unveiling the nature and significance of Jesus Christ. He opens his gospel by declaring the eternal existence and divine nature of the Word. He writes, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). We affirm that the Word Existed in the Beginning, before time began, before the universe came into being, the Word already existed. It was not merely a spoken word but a divine person, co-eternal with God. The Word was not created; it was present from the very start. The Word signifies the eternal nature and authority of Jesus Christ, who was with God and was God.

We read from this passage that the Word is the Agent of Creation. John goes on to write that " All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1:3). The Word played a crucial role in the act of creation. It was through the Word that God brought the universe into existence. Every intricate detail, from the vastness of the galaxies to the tiniest organisms, bears the mark of the Creator's intentional design.

John declares that the Word is the Source of Life and Light, "in Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (John 1:4). The Word is not only the originator of physical life but also the source of spiritual life. In a world shrouded in darkness, the Word came to bring light, illuminating the path to God and revealing the truth. Through the Word, we find the life that brings purpose, meaning, and eternal salvation. John affirms that the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it (John 1:5). The Word, with its divine power, continues to combat the forces of darkness and evil. No matter how overwhelming our circumstances may seem, the Word stands undefeated. It offers hope, healing, and transformation to all who embrace it.

As we reflect on John 1:1-5, we are reminded of the central role of the Word in creation. The Word is not a mere concept but a person—Jesus Christ, the Son of God. He was present at the beginning and is actively involved in the formation of all things. Through the Word, life and light entered our world, offering us redemption and eternal purpose. In our daily lives, let us honor and surrender to the power of the Word, for He has the ability to create, sustain, and transform us from the inside out. During this time of light and beauty may we remember to be ever grateful for the gift of the Word, our Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer. Amen.