“In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were made through Him, and apart from Him nothing was made that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.”
This is how the Gospel according to John begins. John is unique among the Gospels. Matthew and Luke begin with the story of the Birth of Jesus, and Mark begins with the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. But John chooses to begin by addressing Jesus’ fundamental nature. We know the identity of the Word from the 14th verse of the same Gospel: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
The power of what John accomplishes here cannot be understated. By emphasizing Jesus’ nature of God, John sets the tone for the rest of his Gospel: one of power, one of love, and one of hope. Hope that there is redemption, and hope that no matter how dark the world appears, the Light shall continue to shine, and the darkness shall not overpower Him!