But it is also a statement in search of a story. A context. A larger narrative.
Otherwise, it is a statement one can simply reject out of hand. That is, John says: "Jesus is God the Son who has made known God the Father." And you could reply: "No, he isn't." "Yes, he is." "No, he isn't."
And then we are just going around in circles..
With any incredible claim, you have to take the time to figure out the context; the story behind it; the narrative, and then check that out.
And here is John's Story of the Revelation of the invisible God:
- The Story begins before Creation. (V1-5)
- The Story lands in 1st Century Palestine. (V6-9)
- And the Story spreads from Israel to the World. (V10-18) (And that's where you and I come in).