Christmas in the first chapter of John
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day."(Genesis 1:1-5 NIV)
Still, in John 1.
The Creator, the Word, the Messiah who was to come, was present in the beginning with God and was God.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
(John 1:1-5 NIV)
He is the same One who was torn from the heart of the Father (was from the Father's bosom), came to bring salvation, renewal to creation.
"Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?"
(Isaiah 53:1 NIV)
The BDB Hebrew/English Lexicon defines the word 'arm'
???????, ?????? n.f. and (rare) m. arm, shoulder, strength (In abs. and cstr. sg. more oft. plene, in pl. and c. sf. more oft. defect. In one instance where ’ ?is masculine it means a political or military force) —
a. lit., of a man; in fig. of ’? teaching Ephr. to walk.
b. arm as seat of (human) strength. Esp.
c. Yahweh’s arm as instrument of deliverance and judgment. Hence,
2. arm, as symbol of strength:
b. = divine strength.
3. Pl. forces, political and military.
4. Shoulder of animal sacrificed, belonging to priest.
Our Lord Jesus was the Arm of God in creating all there is. And it was good.
We rebelled through the first man, Adam.
The Arm of God, that same Creator, became the stuff of His original creation! He became a human baby and He was bringing renewal, God's Salvation (Yeshua) to the whole world that He had originally created." The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it."
"Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.
Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
By oppression and judgment he was taken away. And who can speak of his descendants? For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Yet it was the LORD'S will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.
After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light[of life] and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.
For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors."
(Isaiah 53:1-12 NIV)]
And back to John 1:43, Jesus said to Phillip:
"Come, be my disciple."
(John 1:43 NLT)
(John 1:43 NIV)