About two years ago, while I was still attending university, I took a class on Ancient Greek.
The class was structured like a typical modern Language Immersion teaching method, as much as it could be being that Ancient Greek hasn’t been spoken for hundreds of years a dead language (much like Old English hasn’t been spoken for hundreds of years).
We started with John 1:1, and essentially kept going from there.
But it was the text of John 1:1 that really stood out to me, or at least, the way it was translated from the Greek.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” ~NASB
This is a verse that most Christians have heard enough times to file away in the ‘never forget that one’ file. But – as He always does – God decided to show me a new revelation as I learned about this verse.
As we studied this verse, the professor showed us how the entire verse hinged on one word: with.
You’re kidding me, right?
That’s what I said. But then, she asked a couple of my classmates to come up to the front of the room. She had them stand next to each other and face the class. She asked, ‘Do they seem close to each other?’ Well, yea… of course; they were standing right next to each other. They were with each other.
But then she had them turn and face each other. Now, they were – in the full context of the original word – WITH each other.
Jesus isn’t just sitting next to God. He isn’t just some sub-set of God. He IS God. He is facing God. His focus is on God.
Man, when she used that analogy, I literally got goosebumps down my neck. I mean… I GOT THE SHIVERS!!! God wanted to show me how special His relationship with me was. He was revealing how He wants us turn towards Him as Christ turned towards him.
As a result of that little lesson in Greek, I wrote the following lyric. May it bless your heart.
I want to turn towards You.
I want to be for You.
My life surrendered, broken,
I’m all about You, my Jesus.