In the beginning was the Word.....
Meditation: Nothing comes before the Word. If the Word was first, there was no thought, belief, system, or authority before this Word. All things can be measured by how they heed this Word or deviate from this Word. This Word gets to define all things. All things that seek definition outside of this Word are delusional.
Implication: So many things try to find purpose outside the Word. Any belief system, any religion, any philosophy that does not consider that the Word was first and defines all things, starts in error. This is true for the simpler systems in our lives as well. If we try to understand marriage apart from the Word, we can only deviate and distort. If we try to understand ethics, psychology and politics apart from the Word we can't hope to get things right. "Right" is defined by consistency with the Word. Try to build a house without any knowledge of systems of measurement, no tape measure, no level, no square, and no knowledge of why such narrow, exclusive, close-minded instruments should be used. You are not more free because you decide to use an apple to frame a house. There is no virtue in ignoring the Word.
And the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Meditation: Not only does the Word measure and define all things, he also holds authority over all things. The Word was God. When this world ignores or defies the Word, it indicts itself and becomes guilty of resisting the highest authority. What happens when the peasant pretends that the King and his rule do not exist? What happens when the edicts from the King are treated as fiction? The Word must be heard, because the Word is God.
Implication: If the Word is God, believing the Word is embracing God. Doubting the Word is blasphemy. Living life as if there has been no Word is practical atheism. Stopped ears come from hard hearts. Eager ears, however, reveal dependence and hope. Seeking the Word, listening to the Word, believing the Word, obeying the Word, this is the pursuit of God.
He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
Meditation: The Word not only defines, measures, and commands all things, he creates all things.
Implication: How wonderful is it when you look out the window with that familiar smile, knowing the Author of such beauty. The world is that prized possession that is made priceless because the great Artist gave it to you himself. Once again, it is shameful to embrace the world as if it has always been ours and scoff at the notion that someone gave it to us. The Word which truly creates, truly owns. The Word which truly owns deserves the recognition of all who use his property. Creation-piracy, cosmic-plagiarism, that is the crime of all who will not acknowledge the Creator and give him the glory due his name.
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.
Meditation: The same Word that defines, measures, commands, and creates all things brings light and life. The Word has life in himself. This life does not end in himself, however, but spills over onto man and becomes darkness-shattering light.
Implication: After meditating on the supremacy of the Word over everything, how humbling it is to hear that his life spills over into light for man. He is not an autocrat who makes you stand afar off to admire his majesty and will not let you near. His heart is warm with life and he draws near to those in darkness. As the warmth of his life melts a heart of stone it bursts with light. This light tears through all the thick darkness that blankets the soul. The Word is not distant but near. His Kingly scepter he wields for the kind dispensation of life and the ruthless dissemination of darkness.