We are finally in the New Testament!  We now come to the book of John in the Gospels, and we read our passage for today. 

The passage started out very confusing for the boys.  I read verse 1 – Whuuuuht?? Evan and Ian looked at me with smiles as I re-read it a couple times.  “I don’t get it!” says Evan. 

But the verse starts out with a familiar phrase. I ask the boys if they recognize that phrase, and they immediately answer that it is from the beginning of the Bible, in Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  

Yes! Even though we thought we moved to the New Testament, John is pulling us back to Genesis, actually even before Genesis 1:1. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word is Jesus!  Jesus was with God from the very beginning.  Through Jesus, all things were made.  John and I heard and read this passage so many times, that we don’t think it is so mind boggling, but for the boys it was just that.  Jesus was always with God, and he IS God.  

I continue to read and of course a lot of it goes over the boys heads. 

We focus on the fact that Jesus is God, and that he was always present since the beginning of time with God.  The creation story in Genesis all happened through Jesus. As Jesus is the one that all things were created by, he is the one to restore all things back to God.  So Jesus became human for us! 

Today was a shorter Bible time, since I didn’t have long histories to talk about.  It was short and sweet, and I heard the sweetest thing during our closing prayer from Evan.  We always close by praying what we are thankful for, and Evan prayed, “Thank you Jesus for coming and dying on the cross for us.”   Even though he may not fully mean or understand what he said, it was still such a great moment for me to hear him say those words.  I could never imagined hearing this from Evan, (Ian maybe, but Evan?!), and I am reminded that it is only through God’s grace that we can ever utter those words. 


Amy Hwang

Amy is the Faith Formation Ministry Leader at Living Water CRC.

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