John 1 (NKJV)”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 nothing was made that was made. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
The first thing John wants us to understand is that Jesus was and is God. First, he was the Word of God. The Word of God is eternal; it always has existed. The New Testament describes Him as Jesus. The Word was called other names in the Old Testament. You will find that he is called “The Angel of the Lord,” or sometimes simply, “the Son.”
John says that the Word was with God. That means that the Word is distinct from the Father; two separate Persons, yet so close that the Word was intimately involved with the Father so that their thoughts, their meanings, and their purposes are one.
While the Trinity (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit) is made of three distinct Persons, there is but one God.
John 8:12 (NKJV) “12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’”
Ignorance is darkness and revelation is light. Light here is a symbol of knowledge, of understanding, of truth. We can go to school and learn because we have human life, but Jesus speaks of an eternal life, a higher level, a life that does not die.
The darkness cannot overcome the light. We can choose to ignore revelation revealed by the Truth, but the darkness of sin can never block the appearance of light.
We who are Christ followers, and therefore have received the Light, will want to share the Light with those in the darkness. The Word is alive!