“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).

reflect

I love how John opens the fourth Gospel: He goes back to the beginning—alluding to Genesis 1:1—and reminds us of the everlasting credibility of Jesus Christ.

We know that credibility isn’t built overnight, but over a lifetime.

If you were hired at a new company, you’d have to earn the trust of your employer and employees over time.

If you were a first-year coach or rookie player, you have a lot more to prove than a coach with a championship ring or a veteran player with three MVP awards.

Before I go to someone for parenting or marriage advice, I make sure they have raised kids themselves and have a healthy marital track record. 

That’s why John says—right out of the gate—that the integrity of Jesus holds up because His credibility is unmatched.  

John is pointing to His credibility as Creator “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).

As Habakkuk 1:12 says, “Lord, are you not from everlasting?”

My family and I were at Anchorage Trail recently, and my daughter asked if a tree swing was safe to get on. I looked at the tree and the ropes attached from it to the swing, and it looked like it had been there a long time.

I reasoned that I’ve seen many people use it, it’s on a public trail and it must have been put there by someone approved by the city with approved materials, so I deemed it safe and secure.

In a similar way, let us continue to go to Jesus, whose credibility is true and sure because He is the foundation of our Earth’s existence.

Test Jesus’ credibility. Ask Christ followers if He has been faithful to them. My guess is that He has.

Jesus has preceded every person who has ever lived, so let’s begin with Him.

react

>How has God proved to be faithful to you?

>Have you trusted in other voices or opinions over the credibility of God’s Word?

pray

>Take some time to thank Jesus for being eternal and eternally faithful.

>Ask God to reveal His faithfulness to you in His Word and in your life. 

>If there is something in your life that you are having trouble trusting God with, surrender it to Him and ask Him to help you trust Him with it.