The Fourth Gospel “is the ‘eagle’ Gospel. It soars into the heavens with steady wing and searching gaze.” “…of all birds the eagle flies highest and is said to be the only creature which can look straight into the sun.”
In the opening verse, this heavenly eagle soars clear out of sight: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. How can the Word be “with God” as One who is distinct from God and be “God” as One who is the same as God?
Mark begins his life of Christ with the ministry of John the Baptist, the forerunner of the Messiah (Mk. 1:1-8). Matthew traces Jesus’ genealogy back to Abraham, the father of the Hebrew race (Matt. 1:1-17), and Luke traces it all the way back to Adam, the father of the human race (Lk. 3:23-38). But John ushers us at once into the Home of Eternity where we gaze upon One whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.