This is a Scripture Meditation that I wrote about six years ago…
This passage is wonderful! Here, on a single page of Scripture, we find clear teaching of both the deity and the humanity of our Lord! But there is even more than that here.
John says that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we saw his glory.” I John begins with similar language. He seems to be referring to himself and the other disciples who actually walked and talked with Jesus in the flesh.
But further on in this gospel, John will make it clear that firsthand knowledge of Jesus is not restricted to those who saw His face in the flesh. “I know My own, and My own know Me,” Jesus will say (1014). And He will pray to His Father, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one…(1720-21)” Near the end of his gospel, John will write that “these [things] have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name (2031).”
If it is possible for us to know Jesus as fully as those who beheld His flesh, then full knowledge of Him must be preserved in these writings of theirs. And this, I believe is a large part of the meaning of John’s opening sentence. Jesus is the Word! He is both fully human and fully divine. The Bible is the word. Its authorship is both fully human and fully divine. So well do the Scriptures show us Jesus that they may be considered to be Jesus Christ written down. So that as we gaze into the Scriptures, we find, as Michael Card has explained in song, “the flesh and blood and bone of truth in the pages of the Book.”