...Contact starts with the grandeur of the universe and steps that into a story of one person. That’s what John does in his prologue as well. He starts in the beginnings, with the eternal word that was with God and was God and very quickly, in eighteen short verses, we meet Jesus coming to John, the Baptist, to be baptised. It sets the context for the cry of a child born in a stable, because there was not room at the inn, it gives meaning to the child worshipped by shepherds still dazed and amazed by angelic choirs, in Luke’s account. It puts in context, Jesus detailed Whakapapa, the sages journeying from the east, political intrigue and paranoid dictators which is the focus of Matthew’s birth narrative. It places in context, that meeting, between John the Baptist and Jesus, Where the gospels of John and Mark choose to step into the narrative of Jesus life. It starts in eternity and journeys here. It starts in eternity and then steps into our world, the word became flesh and dwelt amongst us. It starts in eternity and journeys to here, to you and I, but to all who would receive him he gives the right to be sons and daughters of the God most high.
The big picture of God.
The word life (zoe) is used some 36 times in John’s gospel and another 13 in the letters of John. In fact John tells us that the reason he has written his gospel is that we may have life. We were created to find the ultimate fulfilment of our life, eternal life, abundant life… in knowing and being known by God, and living in his light.