In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God (v.1).
A person’s words are inseparable from the person speaking them. Think about your own words. They come from you and are uniquely yours. Your words communicate your heart. They come from your inner self—your soul—and express your ideas, thoughts, feelings, and character. Your words are spoken with your voice. They are sounded with your own unique mix of accent, pitch, tone, and inflection. They’re made with your breath, your lungs—from deep within you.
And your words have a certain creative power. They can enter my mind and heart and make me laugh, cry, question an old belief or believe something new. I cannot speak your words as I cannot know your deepest thoughts. I cannot swallow a lungful of your breath and speak with your exact voice and accent. I am not inside you. I am not you. Your words are uniquely yours.
Now, think about the apostle John’s description of Jesus as the “Word” of God: The Revelation of God. “He has revealed God to us,” John says (John 1:18). “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father,” says Jesus Himself (14:9).
The very voice and “breath” of God. “The words I speak are not My own, but my Father who lives in Me does His work through Me” (v.10).
The One who is Creator God. “God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him” (1:3). No wonder John tells us that this Word wasn’t just “with” God at the beginning of time, but “was” God (v.1). God’s Word is inseparable from Him. His Word is uniquely His.
Jesus is indeed the heart, soul, voice, breath, and creative power of God.