“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1). Beyond time and beyond place, this is the wild and inexpressible statement caged and confined in human language; before there was a when, a where, or a what that could have been understood as being previous to. It was that beginning.

Without observation of something, there is nothing. Francis Schaffer described the visualization of “nothing as being like the confines of an erased circle. Observation beyond there, and beyond before, favors a forever something, as expressed by God. This eternity belongs only to Him and can be expressed only through Him. We do not have the capacity to utter it. Eternity past and eternity future is in Him always as “now” and the manifestation and expression of Being itself, is God. He is spirit, personhood, deliberately and definably good, love’s essence, mercy’s justice. Because He is good, He is creative. He is fair, omnipotent, omniscient, knowing all.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1), and in time, we have our own “now.” A date is created, the first date, 01-01-01. Before 01-01-01, there were no worlds. Now there is a someplace which is not elsewhere and a point of reference different from all other points. We suddenly have a foothold and a history to learn. Man, the image of God, creature of Creator, is given a home and an accounting to uphold, and fails his Maker. Our own memories recall the truth of paradise and the serene depths of quiet, unabashed contentment even as reality intrudes with a bent and twisted wrongness about and within our being. We know this, we ponder it, and we weep. No matter our doctrine or none, whether it informs us we are getting better over time or that we are too bad to have such knowledge (BALONEY), we all are aware of and shoulder a common, discerned, perceived, dilemma of rightful homelessness . “For that which I do, I allow not, but what I hate, that I do” (Romans 7:15). But hallelujah, faith knows a homecoming.

The beginning of the Gospel of]esus Christ (Mark 1), ah, such blessed beginning you are, made possible by Amazing Grace. The wisdom of the Word’s victorious appearance of manhood … “And the Word was made flesh and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father,” and now we are enabled, because Jesus captained, a voluntary will to love and serve our God and Father though we will need suffer and self- sacrifice, as He infinitely did in obedience unto death, even the death on the cross.

A faraway choice, granted by grace, once bore bitter fruit. A present choice, granted by the same grace, to believe or no an undare-able remedy for forgiveness in Christ, will yet bring into being free-wills perfectly and rightfully shameless once more .. .in the last and best beginning of all.

Through By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that the things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

(Hebrews 11:3)