When I looked at this I thought: why is one of the bloddy passages of scripture placed next to high theology? Most people know John 1: it is the first part of the NT translated when learning Greek, for reasons (John and Luke have the best Greek of the Apostles, the others wrote in the equivalent of New York Yiddish English).
Behind the introduction, John introduces the final prophet of the old dispensation: John. Although the other gospels describe John’s life, in this gospel we find out who he is. The other prophet was Samuel, who, even as an old man (Saul became king in Samuel’s old age) could fight. Samuel was the last judge and the first royal prophet.
And, thinking about it, the royal crown of Israel came from battle, and Christ came to earth to defeat those holding us in bondage. In both situations there was, literally, blood.
32 Then Samuel said, “Bring me Agag, the king of the Amalekites.” And Agag came to him cheerfully. And Agag said, “Surely the bitterness of death is past.” 33 But Samuel said, “As your sword has made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.” And Samuel hewed Agag to pieces before the Lord at Gilgal.
34 Then Samuel went to Ramah, but Saul went up to his house at Gibeah of Saul.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.
9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
What the Unitarians forget (Talmudists and Muslims included) is that Christ was is and will be the divine word, which became flesh. God was incarnate. They cannot get their heads around Trinitarian theology, but they accept structural formulae of their own emotional nature made up by that paleo-pagan, Freud.
Those of faith approach this passage and find it hard to comprehend. But we are not God, we are human. To understand would be to be more than we are or were created to be.
Let us instead give thanks to a God who would empty himself for our sake, and atone for our sins. Who was far more than any prophet.