Day 1

The Word Was God

from the John reading plan

John 1:1-50, Genesis 1:1-5, Isaiah 55:10-11, Hebrews 1:1-4

BY Kaitlin Wernet

Text: John 1:1-50, Genesis 1:1-5, Isaiah 55:10-11, Hebrews 1:1-4

Gathered around the living room, we remained seated as the doorbell continued to ring. We didn’t need another casserole or vase of sympathy flowers; we needed words.

Void of compassion, the blank document—an unforeseen obituary—stared back at us, wringing all adjectives of their meaning, one after another. Each suggested description seemed to shrink our beloved boy, the one who held the titles of both my best friend and my younger brother, into someone foreign and unrecognizable. The task of fitting all of his life and all of our love into one small newspaper column was exhausting, so we traded our pencils for pillows and gave up for the night.

A few hours later, unable to sleep, I rolled over to see a small beam of light coming from downstairs, and decided to follow it. I found my sleepy-eyed father furiously scribbling notes on a stack of white index cards. Between the light blue lines were favorite stories, memorable quotes, and beloved quirks. My dad handed me a stack, and as the dark sky faded into morning, our collection of cards finally created the outline of something familiar—someone familiar.

I imagine the Apostle John sitting down to translate the encounters he’d had with Jesus into suitable words. To him, Jesus was not a faraway character, but a trusted friend and beloved Savior. Writing these words, this Gospel account, John probably recalled intimate details about Jesus—the way He smelled, what His favorite foods were, the sound of His laugh. He could clearly call to mind the expressions his friend made when feeling tired or excited or somber. Yet, John undertook the task of assembling words to describe the heaven-sent Son of God to those of us who didn’t know Jesus in the flesh.

John must have had a wealth of stories to choose from when deciding how to open his eyewitness account. But, through the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, this dear friend of Jesus begins his narrative with the thing that identified Jesus most:

“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
– John 1:1

After years of witnessing Jesus’ parables, miracles, and interactions firsthand, John presents Jesus as the Word—a tangible love letter from God. Jesus did not come to merely deliver a message from God—He Himself is the message.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
– John 1:14

The Apostle John’s words are not only the beginning to another chapter in the Bible; they are the beginning to understanding who Jesus is. He is our promised Savior. He is the one who has been with God from the beginning. He is the Word.


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199 thoughts on "The Word Was God"

  1. Sabrina Michelle says:

    The word is of person, living, and tangible. ♥️♥️♥️

  2. Kim Anstaett says:

    I am really looking forward to going back to studying John. I read all through John in December but with Easter right around the corner I was drawn to read it again so I was so glad when I searched here and found this study on John. Going a little deeper this time.

  3. Beth Hinson says:

    There are so many mornings when I am tired and think about sleeping in an extra 30 minutes instead of spending time in my Bible, but even through the tiredness I am always looking forward to what the Lord has to say to me! Now with this beautiful perspective of God BEING the Word I am feeling even more emotions about reading His Word- in awe, grateful, captivated. It changes the way you read the Bible when you take a second to stop and remember where these words came from. They may have been written down by various disciples, but the words themselves are from God. Thank you Lord for giving us this connection with you and I pray that as we all journey through John that we continue to become enamored with who you are!

  4. Maiya H says:

    Something about just the beginning of John…in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. I love how much God loves us that He sent His Word down to us to become flesh. To walk among us, to guide us, to help us, to save us. I love that God has given us His love letter for us to have always and forever; that He is always speaking to us. I just love this feeling of knowing that He never tires of talking to me or even hearing from me. God is so awesome!

  5. Brittany Beaver says:

    Jesus is a Savior, redeemer, and deliverer!

    1. Maiya H says:

      Yes, amen!! And friend:))

  6. Patricia Childs says:

    Thank you She Reads Truth. These lessons are a blessing! I look forward to them. I pray God’s richest blessing for all who are a part of this ministry.

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