It is fundamental to John that the Word is not to be included among created things. “In the beginning” (with all the fullness of meaning that these words can hold) the Word “was.” “He is seen as greater than all things, greater than time, changeless as eternity” (Guthrie).
The high point is reached in the third affirmation: “the Word was God.” Nothing higher could be said: all that may be said about God may fitly be said about the Word.
This Gospel constantly associates life with the Word. He came that people might have life and have it more abundantly (10:10). He died so that people might have everlasting life (3:16). He gave his flesh for the life of the world (6:51). Only those who eat his flesh and drink his blood have life (6:53–54), and similarly only those who come to him have life (5:40). When he gives life people perish no more (10:28).
Twice he said that he is “the life” (11:25; 14:6)
The first recorded words of God are “Let there be light” (Gen. 1:3), and in this chapter the Word is the source of light. All the light we have, whether we walk in it or turn our backs on it, we owe to the Word.