CHAPTER 0 – PROLOGUE
Act 1 – Foreword
Scene 2 – The Word of God
John 1:1-5, 9-10, 14
- 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 came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
- In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.
- And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.
- There was the true Light, which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
- The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
- He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him –
- but we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
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This second Scene from The Synoptic Gospel is taken entirely from the first chapter of the Gospel of John, and is one of the most deeply profound and spiritually significant theological statements that has ever been made!
It is appropriate to use it here in the Prologue Chapter of The Synoptic Gospel because it talks about beginnings. This is the beginning of The Gospel Story of Jesus Christ, and it opens the New Testament, even as the opening line of the Book of Genesis of the Old Testament reads, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
From the first verse, “In the beginning was the Word. …” the first thing to consider is: the beginning of what? The beginning of God? The beginning of the Word? The beginning of Heaven or the heavens? The beginning of the universe? Or is it merely the beginning of the earth?
The second question is, what is “the Word”? And if “word” means something that is spoken verbally, as a command, who is the one that spoke it?