In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
— John 1:1-5

While reading and considering this opening portion of scripture, our team highlighted three central themes: Creation & Life, Light & The Word, and Victory Foretold. After you’ve spent some time reading and considering this passage, we would encourage you to review the other passages listed below, as they help provide context and parallel John is capturing in his retelling.

*Pro tip: Don’t just read the singular passage listed, read around it, as well!

 
 

Songs to Accompany the Study:

  1. The Maker of the Sun and Moon • Jenny and Tyler • Christmas Stories

  2. From the Rising of the Sun (Psalm 113) • Sandra McCracken • Psalms

  3. The Light Came Down • Josh Garrels • The Light Came Down

  4. Oh Lord, You are my Light • Emerald Hymns • Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

  5. The Lord is my Salvation • Shane and Shane • Hymns, Vol. 1

  6. May you Find a Light • Josh Garrels • The Light Came Down

 

Ways you can pray:

  1. Begin by thanking God for the beauty of creation, and His graces expressed in our experience of it.

  2. Spend some time remembering the story of our origin. Call to mind the power, creativity, and omnipotence that God puts on display in this act.

  3. Finish by asking God to produce joy, hope, motivation, endurance, and satisfaction in you as you remember the truth of humanity’s narrative - the fact that God was completely whole, satisfied, and of worth without us and yet in His grace, He’s invited us to experience the glory of existing in eternal communion with Him.