The Event of God

A reading for Monday, February 16, 2015: John 1:1-18.

In the Hebrew language, the word for WORD is also the same word for EVENT. It has a double meaning that is significant for a lesson like today's from the gospel of John.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

At the start of all things God was already doing something. God was creating, and redeeming, and even sustaining from the beginning. The event was God, and nothing else. Before there was anything else in all of creation, there was God.

Scientists recently published a paper theorizing that even before the so called "Big Bang" from which all our solar systems were created, the universe existed. The controversial idea using quantum theory argues that the universe has no beginning and thus no ending. It has long been thought that all things began with the Big Bang, and even life itself was sparked by this event. But now at least some are thinking, as perhaps John's gospel would testify, that the creator of the universe has always been and will always be. Christians and other religious people call this creator God. Before there was anything else in all of creation, there was God.

And God, the creator of all things, came down to us and dwelled among us as Jesus Christ. And all who believe in him are given the gift of being the children of God. "And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth." God is among us in the midst of our everyday, ordinary dwelling on earth.

Thanks be to God, the event that has no beginning and no end, and yet the one that is as close to us as our own relationships, even our own heartbeat. And for Jesus Christ, who has made God known to us... "It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known."


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