John begins his Gospel on this mind-boggling note to make sure that we read the rest of the story correctly. He wants us to understand that Mary’s Child, the Man from Galilee, who walks with, eats with, and plays with real flesh and blood humans is none other than the Creator of the Universe.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.2 He was with God in the beginning. 3
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
The Man who attends wedding receptions and laughs with the other guests so hard that the religious establishment concludes that he’s a drunk, the Man who weeps so deeply at the grave of his friend Lazarus, is none other than the God of Creation.
The Man who gets so tired and thirsty he has to ask a hated Samaritan woman for a drink of water is the One who in the beginning determined that two hydrogen and one oxygen atom would make water. Nothing in all human literature, nothing in all the myths that we use to make sense of human experience, can compare with the real Christmas story