v 1. In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jesus, who was the perfect physical expression of the eternal Spirit-God, came into a world that was full of imperfection and division. As the second person of the Trinity he had been part of the Godhead before creation itself came into being. It is not that he came into being at his birth but that his coming into the world as a fully human being gave visible expression to the nature of God. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. (Hebrews 1) His existence as the eternal Son of God means that at the very beginning of Creation he was there. He saw the mess that the world had then got into, and he came to it despite all that. It is impossible to grasp the full significance of this – how did the perfect son of God live in the body of an infant in a dirty manger and stable at Bethlehem? How could one who had been in perfect existence since before the dawn of time enter this world of imperfection and share the nature of humanity, but not its sin?
Today, just marvel at the sheer wonder of the fact that the one who was there when creation came into being shared the life of people like us.