In the Beginning
Jesus was God long before he was a man!
By Craig C. White
In the beginning God was not a man. Then God cared about our poor condition. That is, that we suffer death. God cared enough that he became a man to suffer death for us.
John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
There is no definite article in the original Greek before “beginning”. So it actually reads “in beginning”, making the word monolithic. Beginning is the time further back before time was. It is an eon before the beginning of all things. “Word” is the Greek word “logos”. It also has a Greek sentiment. Logos is the ultimate source of all things. In Greek understanding even the gods emanated from the logos. The logos was literally “facing” God, and he was God. He was the creator of all things. He gave life to all things.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Jesus is the Word. God was a busy guy for several millennium. Then one day, two thousand years ago he entered into a human body so he could sympathize with us (Heb 2:17). Also so he could give a human life as the payment for human sin. Of course this human life held the power and value of the life of God. So Jesus’ life and death paid the penalty of sin for all mankind forever! We only need to accept his death as payment for our own sins.
Jesus was God long before he was a man. He displayed his love toward his creation (namely man) by becoming a man and dying to pay the penalty for our sins. Trust God.