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. John 1:1-3
The apostle John wrote this Gospel about 50 years after Jesus’ earthly ministry. Because of that, he had a life of following Jesus to reflect back on. He was the last of the twelve disciples to remain alive. John began his book by telling us about who Jesus is. If you substitute Jesus for “the Word,” you’ll see that Jesus was in the beginning with God and that He is God. Jesus was involved in creation, really being the chief creator.
This is where cults go wrong. Anyone that does not believe that Jesus is God is off in their system of doctrine. One sect replaces “and the Word was God” with “and the Word was a god.” That makes Jesus one of many gods, which is untrue. Another sect does not regard Him as the same person as God and they think we can become gods equal to Jesus. They believe that Jesus is our “elder brother.”
The fact that Jesus is God is a foundational pillar of the Christian faith. He is a big deal. Don’t let others mislead you. Jesus was in Heaven with God before the creation of the world, and then He became a man to save us from our sin. Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament promises that an Anointed One would come to save us. He was the only One qualified to die for our sins, because He was sinless–a perfect sacrifice, which was the requirement of the law.
If Jesus hadn’t been raised from the dead, all of His claims about being equal with God and about how His power and authority came from above would have been extinguished. If Jesus’ body had been produced, our faith would be in vain.
All things were created by Jesus and for Jesus as Colossians 1:16 echoes. This means there is no such thing as “Mother Nature” or “Mother Earth” that is behind our planet and it’s weather. Philippians 3:21 tells us that Jesus’ power enables Him to bring everything under His control. Jesus created the world and He holds it together. That’s good news in a time when it seems like the world has gone crazy. Jesus holds the world together and He holds us together. Hallelujah!