The Word was in the beginning (Jn 1:1-1:1)

“In the beginning,

Was the Word.

The Word

Was with God.

The Word

Was God.”

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ Λόγος, καὶ ὁ Λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν, καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος.

This beautiful prologue of John is a poetic hymn, like the opening of a great musical.  All the great themes of this gospel story are here in this overture to this great performance, the life of Jesus.  Like everything important, it has a beginning (Ἐν ἀρχῇ).  This prologue is about the word (ἦν ὁ Λόγος).  This word (καὶ ὁ Λόγος) is more than speech, it is a powerful action with a hint at wisdom in the Greek philosophical tradition and in the Hebrew scripture tradition. The Word was with God (ἦν πρὸς τὸν Θεόν), so that the word is distinct and yet with God.  Then clearly John stated that the Word is God (καὶ Θεὸς ἦν ὁ Λόγος).  Jesus was and is the word (ὁ Λόγος).  As opposed to Matthew and Luke, there was no infancy story about Jesus.  John starts with eternity and a global cosmic outlook, not a human outlook.  This is sometimes referred to as high Christology, as opposed to low Christology that starts with the humanity of Jesus and tries to discover his divinity.  John began this story of Jesus with the bold statement that Jesus was the Word, God.  Do you see Jesus as human or divine?