January 7, 2020, Merv Griffin’s syndicated program, Jeopardy, aired its “Greatest of all Time” competition, including mega-winners Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer, and Brad Rutter. Jeopardy is my favorite game show, so I couldn’t wait to see this evening special featuring two games in one hour over several nights. I was familiar with two of the three contestants and had a favorite to root for, but mostly, I just wanted to test my knowledge along with the best of the best.
The clue for the Final Jeopardy Round in one of the two games that first night was this:
‘Silent’ Calvin Coolige was inaugurated in 1925 on a Bible opened to this 6-word first line of the gospel according to John.
John 1:1—as well known as Genesis 1:1, Psalm 23, and John 3:16—stumped no one on the panel, and it certainly didn’t stump me: “What is ‘In the beginning was the Word.’”
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1, NKJV).
But God doesn’t have a beginning or an end, and if Jesus is the Word, and the Word is God, neither does He.
So “the beginning” is not His beginning, but ours—all humanity. From the creation account of Genesis 1 to the new heaven and earth account of Revelation 21, Jesus, the “Alpha and Omega” (Rev 1:8), has been and will always be with us.
He chose us before the foundation of the world, “that we should be holy and without blame before Him” (Eph. 1:4). He made us, so He knows us inside and out. Knowing His Father’s intolerance of sin, knowing our sinful nature, knowing He would have to be sacrificed to reconcile us to God, He made us anyway. He breathed into us the breath of life.
The only explanation for this is that He loved us—and loves us still—with a depth we cannot fathom.
I am part of “us.” So are you. He loved you and me enough to create us, then to die for us to reconcile us to His Father.
Life is about that love relationship—His love for us and ours for Him. As we grow closer to Him, we discover that our deepest desire is to become more like Him, because the kind of love He has for us can be found nowhere else.
In the beginning, He loved us. He loves us still. Can you imagine?!