John 1:3 : All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
In the third verse, John continues to talk about Jesus as “The Word.” It says that not only was Jesus there at the beginning of the world, but that everything was created through Him. Every single thing that was created was created through Him.
It should be very clear by now that God does not think much of evolution. Notice that the word “Created” is said again three times. Not only that, this “Word” was involved in creating everything. It is very interesting that it was by words that God created. He just spoke and everything happened. There is another very interesting thing about words.
We still have words in us. We now know that our physical bodies are created by a program recorded in our very own DNA. In a very obvious way, all of life was not only spoken but written! Isn’t it amazing how important “The Word” is? There appears to be much more about this “Word” that I may never fully understand because it is so great, but that reminds me again of my great God and how much bigger than I He is. Don’t you think a God this big can help us through anything?
We also have the words of the Bible that were written for us. Jesus is the one who, through his Spirit, makes the Bible clear to us.
So from this verse we can see that Jesus was involved in the creation of the universe.
John 1:2 : The same was in the beginning with God.
Many very important things were written in the Bible only once, but this idea of Jesus being with God at the creation of the universe was important enough to mention twice. Even though I did just talk about this last time, I’m going to talk about it again because it is repeated in the Bible. Evidently, it’s very important for us to understand. God knew what we would be thinking about today and He knew that there would be many questions about creation in the future.
If someone tells you that evolution fits with the Bible, they aren’t getting the point of what evolution teaches. According to the Bible, Jesus was present at the beginning of creation. Evolution is a way of explaining how design happens by chance. The pure theory of evolution claims that God isn’t really necessary to make the universe. Some try to add God to evolution but the Bible teaches that God made the universe. We have a supernatural witness that claims to have been there when it happened. Because of this, Christians can know more than science can determine.
This also tells us that Jesus was a person before he was born as a man on earth; that He lived outside of our existence. He existed at creation but was later to be born in the form of a man. This first chapter of John discusses this in greater detail in the next verses. But for today, let’s remember the fact that the Bible stresses that He was there at the beginning with God.
John 1:1 : In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In John 1:1, Jesus is given an unusual title. John, who was one of Jesus closest disciples, calls Him “The Word.” Jesus is God’s Word to man in a human form. We also learn in this one verse, that Jesus was already there at the beginning of all creation.
There is an amazing parallel with this verse to the first verse of the Bible: Genesis 1:1. Try comparing Genesis 1:1 with John 1:1 in your Bible. It’s as if God gives us more information about what was happening. Not only did God create everything, but Jesus was there and He was to be our “Word.”
This is evidence that the world was created. It did not “evolve” or change all by itself from nothing into something. The Bible clearly disagrees with the basis for evolution in that evolution depends only on chance and not a creator. God was speaking through the mind and words of John to write this part of the Bible. He says that Jesus was there at the beginning. This makes Jesus a witness of creation. History is better understood through witnesses than through science. If a scientist finds a hat in the road and says it is 10 years old and later another man comes in and says that it is actually only one year old and it’s mine. I made it. We should at least seriously investigate the claim before taking the word of the scientist who never claimed to be there.
This one little verse also tells us that Jesus was God. Obviously it is not true that the Bible never says that Jesus is God. This is one of the many places. This verse also gives us another interesting fact about God. It says that Jesus was both “with” God and that he “was” God. You might wonder how a person can both be with someone and also be that someone. This is one of the mysteries that is unique to God. I think this has to be believed because it falls outside of our intelligence. The Bible talks about this mystery quite a bit in many different places in the Bible. It is often called “The Trinity” and references the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They all together are recognized as one God. I think it’s important for us to remember that it’s Ok to believe things we don’t understand. Just because we don’t understand something, doesn’t mean that it isn’t real and true. There are many things like that in life that we see and accept but don’t fully understand and I believe that the Trinity is one of them.