Blogging Towards Sunday, July 3, 2011
Chosen by a member of the church I serve as one her favorite Bible passages, these opening verses of John’s gospel are hauntingly powerful. The words are carefully chosen by their author. John copies and tweaks the original sentence structure of the creation story in the first verses of book of Genesis. The other gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) start with the birth of Jesus (Matthew & Luke) or with his baptism (Mark). John however chooses to start at a different beginning, the beginning of the story of God’s relationship with humanity and creation. It’s not by accident that he does that, calling Jesus the LOGOS – the Greek philosophical word used by philosophers from Socrates to Aristotle for divine wisdom, the intelligence that isn’t humanly attainable, a living word that makes life possible. He doesn’t do it on a whim, but with carefully crafted intention.