God is often viewed as a distant being, separated and uninterested in the affairs of men and harshly critical of any transgression. Since the beginning of time, humanity has sought after God. While many today in our post-modern world would deny this fact, the reality remains that mankind has always searched for something greater than themselves.
As we kick off our study in the first six chapters of John, I am reminded of a line from Sound of Music: “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” There are four Gospels that recount the life and story of Jesus and His time on earth. Each one starts at a different place. Matthew starts with Abraham. Mark jumps right in with John the Baptist. And Luke, the historian, starts when God’s silence was first broken in the temple with Zachariah.
However, John starts his gospel completely different. Instead of starting the story with a person, event, or time in history, he goes back even further. John starts his book at the very beginning.