In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
— JOHN 1:1–3 —
L. J. | Asia
“Jesus is one among the gods” is a popular misconception among my people. But John begins his gospel by presenting the uniqueness of Jesus Christ. The matchlessness of Jesus Christ makes the gospel of God unique and powerful. Any effort to dilute the nature of Jesus Christ makes the gospel incomplete and ineffective. As described in this text, Jesus is eternal and co-equal with the Father. Because Jesus is God and without sin, it qualified Him to take the eternal punishment for our sins. The divine essence of His being unequivocally proves His deity. Amazingly, He took on the form of a human two thousand years ago, yet His years are everlasting. Moreover, His power as God has been displayed through creation as He is the cause of every creation—all things came into being through Him. We are humbled then to learn that Jesus, in the exalted position of God, stooped down to become a substitute for unworthy sinners like you and me. He suffered the wrath of God and died for His people, and rose again victoriously. Because Jesus is God and without sin, it qualified Him to take the eternal punishment for our sins. No one else has done or could do this. Christ’s death and resurrection demands that we fall at His feet, in complete surrender for the rest of our lives. Jesus cannot be equated with anyone because He is unique. Boldly proclaim the gospel of this Jesus and make sure to tell others of the deity of the Savior. The gospel is rightly presented when the Savior is correctly presented.