Jn.1:1 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
Jn.1:1 – TPT – In the very beginning the Living Expression was already there. And the Living Expression was with God, yet fully God.
What does God look like? Basically, that is what the Apostle Phillip had said to Jesus, “Show us the Father”. That’s when Jesus responded with one of His most blunt and shocking statements, “If you have seen Me you have seen the Father”. This is one of the Lord’s most blatant claims to deity. God was standing right in front of Phillip; he obviously didn’t quite get it yet. That’s what is so powerful about today’s verse. In the Passion Translation John said that Jesus was the Living Expression of the Father. Jesus is the Father’s expression of Himself. Jesus is the radiance of God’s glory expressed in a human. That kind of revelation can literally take your breath away. Here are some comments from the Passion Notes on this verse.
“The Greek is logos, which has a rich and varied background in both Greek philosophy and Judaism. The Greeks equated logos with the highest principle of cosmic order. God’s logos in the Old Testament is his powerful self-expression in creation, revelation, and redemption. In the New Testament we have this new unique view of God given to us by John, which signifies the presence of God himself in the flesh. Some have translated this rich term as “Word.” It could also be translated “Message” or “Blueprint.” Jesus Christ is the eternal Word, the creative Word, and the Word made visible. He is the divine self-expression of all that God is, contains, and reveals in incarnated flesh. Just as we express ourselves in words, God has perfectly expressed himself in Christ.”
We see God’s love revealed in Christ. He was moved with compassion and healed the sick or taught those who were like sheep without a shepherd. He displayed His love when He washed His disciple’s feet. Love was in full bloom as Christ was nailed to the cross. It was His love for sinners in full view of the whole world. We see God’s wisdom unveiled through the teaching of Christ and also in God’s plan of redemption which culminated in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus is the unveiling of the Father, when you catch a glimpse of Him you are looking into the blazing glory of God.