Words from the Heart for Wednesday December 2nd, 2020
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 (KJV)
In The Beginning
These days all Canadians celebrate the birth of Canada in 1867. At the time, however, there were many who mourned Confederation. In Nova Scotia, for example, many Nova Scotians mourned their union with the Canadian colonies. Well into the twentieth century, some people continued to fly their flags at half-mast on July 1st as a testimony to their displeasure. Dominion Day itself was only sporadically celebrated until after the Second World War, as most English-speaking Canadians sought to fête the British Empire instead.
The Bible begins where you would expect it to – in the beginning. That is, after all, the meaning of the word Genesis. The first words of the Bible are simple – in the beginning, God… Which makes the first words of the Gospel written by the apostle John really interesting – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In the beginning was the Word. He is speaking here of Jesus, who was not revealed until the Holy Spirit conceived a child in the womb of a virgin named Mary, and they named Him Jesus. The Bible is very clear that there is only one God. In order to understand the seeming mystery here – that in the beginning was God, that the Word is God, and that Jesus, who is the Word, came into the world as a human baby – the concept of the Trinity was developed, as was the dual nature of Jesus – fully God and fully human. Both of these are difficult for our finite minds to grasp, but we have done our best. What we do know is that Jesus was there in the beginning and He is with us now.
These have been words from the heart.