In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The best place to start any story is at the beginning. The Bible begins with Genesis: an account of the beginnings of many things. John begins his gospel; his account of the life of Jesus Christ at the beginning. Not the beginning of Jesus’ life on Earth or even of Jesus’ Earthly lineage, but at the beginning of time. John asserts, right out the gate, that Jesus existed from before the beginning of our world; that Jesus was with God and was God before His incarnation and before His death and burial and resurrection.
Jesus was not granted godhood for His righteous deeds as some believe — like a sad echo of the myth of Herakles (Hercules). He was always God.
I think that the concept of being with God could mean more than simply co-existing. I take the idea of with God to mean that Jesus was on board with what the Father had in mind and what His role — Jesus’ role — would be. He knew what uttering those fateful words by which everything was created would mean and He was with God as far as choosing to create this place. Knowing the cost; knowing that some of us would reject Him; knowing everything that would transpire, He was still with God and chose to create this world and all of us.
Jesus would say, during His lifetime, that those who are not with Him are against Him — there is no middle ground, where Christ is concerned.
This year is still nascent; still in its beginnings. At this beginning, where do I stand — with God or against Him? Let me be with Him.