As we continue in John’s gospel–one verse at a time–we have Jesus’ uniqueness. He existed long before He was born in Bethlehem. Actually, being God, He never came into being. He is the eternal great “I am.” As He Himself said: “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am” (John 8:58).
He was in the beginning with God
John had just made this statement in the previous verse. Why make it again? It seems to me that he wanted to highlight Jesus’ pre-existence (He is God) as distinct from His coming to us (He is Man): “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). Jesus is the God-Man—fully God and fully Man. No one has ever pre-existed except Jesus. Before the Word became flesh, He was with God.
As John started out His gospel, the dividing lines were clearly drawn, as the following verses and chapters will also unfold. We have the truth that Jesus is God, which means our response to Him is a response to God, whether one of acceptance or rejection.
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