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January 10, 2013

I was reading this today and thought it was brilliant.

John goes on to say that the word was with God.  What does he mean by that?  He means that always there has been the closest connection between the word and God.  Let us put that in another and a simpler way—there has always been the most intimate connection between Jesus and God.  That means no one can tell us what God is like, what God’s will is for us, what God’s love and heart and mind are like, as Jesus can… Let us use very human language because it is the only language we can use.  John is saying that Jesus is so intimate with God that God has no secrets from him; and that, therefore, Jesus is the one person in all the univers who can reveal to us what God is like and how God feels towards us.

William Barclay, The Gospel of John vol. 1, on John 1:1,2

If you want to know what God’s really like, whether he’s angry at you or whether he cares for you, read about what Jesus was like.  How did he treat people?  What kinds of things did he say?  Find out what Jesus stands for and find out what God stands for.

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