We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning … (NLT)
That which was from the beginning … (Young’s Literal Translation)
The Word of life always was living, even from the beginning … (Worldwide English)
This is a little theme with John – remember He begins His Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word.” Why does he reinforce this here, why is it so important for us to realize Christ is, from the beginning, the Word of God?
I believe John wanted us to know that Christ’s arrival here, as a Man, who would die on a cross, was no thrown-together plan to rescue us after everything went wrong in creation, some kind of knee-jerk reaction to the enemy’s introduction of sin to this planet.
I think he wanted us to know that Christ’s sacrifice for us was not “Plan B” for earth. God didn’t create everything in the beginning with the hope that humanity would never sin and Jesus’ death would never be required. What kind of God would He be if He couldn’t foresee what would happen here?
I think John wants us to know that Christ with God, the Word of God, was and is present at the beginning, in the middle and at the end … That the perfect plan for our salvation was part of the perfect plan of creation. “That which was in the beginning.”
After all, we’re told Jesus is the “Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). How could He be “Plan B,” the back-up plan forced on God by the devil? Jesus was, and is, the first plan and best hope for our eternal life.
John, the beloved apostle, grasps this, and seems to think it important enough to remind us often that Jesus, the Word – without whom nothing that is made was made – was always with God, and is Himself God … and God is love (1 John 4:8), and He loves YOU!