My husband and I have a Christmas tradition of watching our favorite movie, The Gospel of John. Every word spoken in this dramatized version of the Gospel is straight from Scripture, so it’s like watching the entire Gospel of John in action. And that’s probably why there’s something about this film that penetrates even the deepest recesses of our hearts.
Sometimes, I play it in the background, just to have the Scriptures filling the air. It’s a great way to immerse our heart and mind in God’s Word! But John 1:1-5 have especially assailed my mind the last few days.
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)
I can’t even begin to get my head around them; they’re beyond our human frame. Which is why I like a statement I read. A certain scholar, Francis Junius, after happening to read this passage by accident said:
That he observed such a divinity in the argument, such an authority and majesty in the style, that his flesh trembled, and he was struck with such amazement that for a whole day he scarcely knew where he was or what he did; and thence he dates the beginning of his being religious. — Matthew Henry’s Commentary, CC0
Such is the effect of this writing of John, the apostle much-loved by the Lord.
I think he must have been the one who most understood Christ’s heart. Every time I read those verses, I’m struck with amazement, unable to even comment. And I’m more convinced than ever that the divinity, authority, and majesty of this Gospel will always bring something new to our hearts, if we but allow it to penetrate.
It’s also interesting to note that Matthew Henry tells of a man named Simplicius, who stated that these verses were worthy to be written in gold. May we inscribe them, as in gold, on our hearts so that we never lose sight of God’s glory and majesty.
For is only when we feel small and simple before his glory that we are able to truly grasp his greatness.
And to grasp the miracle of Christmas — Emmanuel, God with us. God become man. Let’s remember this Christmas to be truly thankful for this greatest of all miracles!
And to rejoice in his light that no darkness will ever put out!
Be sure to watch the trailer (below). But I really recommend getting a copy to watch over and over. This is one film we should try to wear out!
Video via The Life of Jesus YouTube]