In the opening verse of the gospel, Jesus is called the “Word of God.” This “Word of God” was not only with God but also “was God.” The emphasis here is on the essence of God. John is basically pointing out that what God was, the Word was. Jesus is of the same essence as the Father. Both are deity. Jesus is not “a god” (someone created by God), He is God from eternity and was with God at the beginning (creation).
The Gospel of John has numerous pictures to help us grasp who Jesus really is and what He came to this world to do. For instance, Jesus is called the door, the lamb of God, the vine, the light of the world, the good shepherd.
Likewise, John uses “Word” to convey something of Jesus’ ministry. That this is the first illustration suggests its meaning is important. So what’s intended by “Word”?
“Word” communicates something. When we talk to one another we use words to communicate. It’s how we pass along information. It’s how we share our ideas, our plans, our feelings and so on. “Words” are at the very heart of our relationships. In fact, it’s impossible to have a relationship without words! A breakdown in communication signals a breakdown in a relationship. When someone gives the “silent treatment,” they are basically saying they do not want a relationship!
Jesus is sent from the Father (1 John 4:14) as the “Word of God.” It is He who is seeking to have a relationship with you. It is in His heart that you be with Him. He has words that you need to hear! Words to begin a lasting relationship, an eternal one!