PRE-DATING GENESIS 1:1

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A long, long time ago in a college class far, far away…I was challenged to pick my favorite verse from the gospel of John.
And just like another well-known college student facing a scholastic choice in another day: James Tiberius Kirk….
I CHEATED!!!
I PICKED TWO!!!
There was just no way possible that I could only pick one!
So, my reading friends….this is that story.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…”Before Abraham was, I AM.”
The apostle John immediately sets forth the Eternal Nature of Jesus in his gospel account.
More than one parallel is present here in John 1:1.
In the beginning… now that would get the attention of any first century Jew! Moses’ very first words of the Torah (the first five books of the [Jewish and our]Bible), the Books of the Law.
The opening (prepositional) phrase of the Bible, and likewise, the opening (prepositional) phrase of John’s gospel. (Ahem…anyone remember when the gospel truth was a phrase used?…nowadays the word truth isn’t even used…place sad face icon here…)
…………………………………THE WORD………………………………..
Another play on words (yeah, I know)………………………………………………………..
God spoke all things into existance. It was by His Word that all things were created. Jesus, being that “Word”, was the One Who created it all (see John 1:3)…God Himself Who chose to ‘Tabernacle’ (dwell with, or…in the Henry version; “hang out”) with us!
The beginning of the Story, INDEED!!!!
This, my friends, is a story that truly has no beginning or ending!
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Now, let’s follow that first verse of John with another. John 8:58.
“Before Abraham was, I AM!”
And, no…Jesus is NOT using bad English (or Hebrew, or Aramean, or Greek) here.
He is making the statement that many people say He never made…
He is claiming to be the LORD of all!
Talking with the Jewish religious folk of His day, the ones who knew all about Genesis 1:1 (and, by the way…isn’t it interesting that the very root word of the name of the first book of the Bible is Gene…just thinkin’ out loud here…), Jesus looks them in the eyes and tells them (in NO uncertain terms) that He is the very God Who made it all!
YHWH.
Jehova.
Elohim……

The Creator Who was there “…in the beginning.”
To me, this one verse pre-dates the entire Bible…it is the Author Himself transcending the corridors of time, speaking, talking to (even) me saying; “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last”.flag& cross
Two thousand years ago Jesus came on a covert military operation deep behind enemy lines to set free anyone who would call upon His Name.
In fact, in all of history only two have fought for the freedom of the world;
Jesus Christ, and the American Soldier.
Jesus Christ has always been God.
And, America has always fought for freedom…um, so far…..
My personal thanks to every man and woman who have served this mighty nation…God bless you all!

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