• Kim Feld

2021_10_18 Insight Post- Kim Feld

This week's reading- John 1-2

I’m so excited to dive into the book of John. I love John’s biography of Jesus for the depth and hidden treasure of meaning that it holds. John connects us back with the opening lines of Genesis, putting Jesus there at creation. Let’s take a look:

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1

Jesus is the Word that John speaks of, and as we continue reading in chapter 1, John tells us that through Jesus, all things were made. Let’s look at verses 1-5:

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. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5

The Quest Study Bible shines some light on John’s use of “word”: “This term (Word) had special meaning to both Greeks and Jews. Plato and other Greek philosophers used the term word (logos) not only to describe the spoken word but also to describe the unspoken word, the word still in the mind – the reason. When Greeks applied it to the universe, they meant the rational principle that governs all things. Jews, on the other hand, used the term to refer to God, which also implied God’s active and personal involvement in the world (NIV Quest Study Bible, 2011, p. 1553). So, John identifies Jesus as Messiah, placing Him not only with God at creation but also by saying that Jesus and God are one.

In his book, John for Everyone, N. T. Wright says that there is a well-known sentiment among theologians that the book of John is like a pool that’s safe enough for a child to splash in but deep enough for an elephant to swim in (Wright, 2004). I believe we will all agree with that as we make our way through this beloved book. John has some things to offer us that we have not read in the other biographies, and he has some familiar stories shared from his personal perspective and experience. Look for the themes of life and light throughout John’s biography. John tells us that if we want to know what God is like, we need to look at Jesus.

Kim Feld

Executive Director of Education and Outreach

NIV Quest Study Bible. (2011). Zondervan.

Wright, N. T. (2004). John for Everyone. Westminster John Knox Press.