“The word was God.” John 1:1 is written to point us back to Genesis 1:1. “In the beginning God…” “In the beginning was the Word.” John wants us to think of the two together but, so we definitely don’t miss it, he says clearly “The Word was God.”
Jesus is not created, Jesus is not an angel (even a very great angel), Jesus is God. Truly God. There are lots of people who will say He was just a good man, but the testimony of scripture is that He is God.
This means we have a mighty Saviour. Since Jesus is God, then He is able to save from all our sins. There is no weakness in Him. There is nothing impossible for Him. If you have put your trust in Him, you can be sure that you are saved and that nothing can snatch you out of His hand.
This means we have a sufficient Saviour. If Jesus were just a man, then He could have died for one person. But Jesus is God, and so His death is completely sufficient for all who will believe in Him. So, this Christmas, we can proclaim loud and clear that Jesus saves. You can proclaim to your kids and your colleagues, to your nieces and your neighbours, to your friends and your family.
This means we have a perfect Saviour. Since Jesus is God, all that He has done is right and good. All of His teaching is perfect. All of His miracles were perfect. His death was perfect – He was the perfect sacrifice for sin, because He lived a perfect, sinless life. His resurrection was perfect – He perfectly defeated death. His mercy is perfect, His grace is perfect, His wisdom is perfect. All that He still does is perfect – even today in your life.
This means that all that God is, Jesus is. Let’s not listen to anyone who makes Jesus small. He is not, He is great. If you are a Christian, He is your God and Saviour. He is all-powerful, all-knowing, He is with you and will never leave you. He is wise and just and holy and good and loving and patient and kind and good.
So we can truly say, “Hallelujah! What a Saviour!