Summary: John 1:1-3 The origin of Jesus Christ
The origin of Jesus Christ
At Christmas time, we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Many people celebrate Christmas – not just believers. Christmas is a very big holiday for us. At Christmas and in the weeks, even months, leading up to Christmas, we talk about the birth of Jesus – about how Mary became pregnant – about the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. About how they had to stay in a stable and not an inn, and so on.
We find these details in the Gospel according to Luke, in the first two chapters. We also find these details in the first two chapters of Matthew. However, the Gospel of John says absolutely nothing about the birth of Jesus. Absolutely nothing.
But, even though John says absolutely nothing about the birth of Jesus, it does talk very deeply about the origins of Jesus.
The origin of a normal person – is his or her birth, or more accurately, that person’s conception.
With Jesus – it was not like this. His origin was before His birth! – even before his conception!
While Luke and Mark begin with the birth of Jesus, John begins a long long long time before Jesus’ birth.
Please, turn with me to John 1:1-3.
JN 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
JN 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Our passage of Scripture begins with the words: “In the beginning was the Word.” Now – who was this “Word”? In the 14th verse we read “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” We know who made his dwelling among us – it was Jesus! Therefore, the “Word” – is “Jesus”.
Therefore, when in the first verse, we read, “In the beginning was the Word”, it means that Jesus was there in the beginning.
Now when was this beginning? In Jn 8:58 we read, “"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
Abraham lived about 2000 years before the birth of Jesus. Imagine, if you will, how surprised the people were when Jesus said that He already was – that He already existed – 2000 years before His own birth!
The origin of Jesus wasn’t just a little time before Abraham, but a long time before Abraham.
The Bible says, in the beginning was Jesus. Now we know that this “beginning” was sometime before Abraham’s time. But how long before, exactly?
It is very interesting, because if we read the first verse of the Bible – Genesis 1:1, we will notice that the first three words of Genesis and the first three words of John are the same. Exactly the same! It is very interesting!
Now John, a Jew, must have know the Old Testament very well, especially Genesis. Therefore, through the inspiration of the HS, he almost certainly chose these few words from Genesis to begin his Gospel for a reason.
We know that chapters 1 & 2 of Genesis speak about how God created the Heavens and the Earth. Therefore, we can now see, that the word “beginning” that we find in the first verse of Genesis, and that we also find in the first verse of John, refers to the time when God made everything.