In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
In the first verse of his gospel, John introduces Jesus as the “Word.” In the Greek language that John was using, this title is a translation of the word “logos.” John chose the title strategically.
Greek philosophers regarded “logos” to be the primary principle that governed the universe. “Logos” was central to their understanding of how life worked. Jewish readers saw “logos” as a reference to God. In the Old Testament the “word of the Lord” established covenants, communicated law and provided guidance. Also, even more significant, the word of the Lord carried an active power. In the Genesis account of creation God spoke the world into existence. He said, “Let there be light” and there was light.
John explains that the man named Jesus, who was born in a manger, walked on earth and died on a cross, was the Word. He was the “image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15). He was the “exact representation of his being” (Hebrews 1:3a). He was the very expression of God. When you see Jesus, you see God. When you hear Jesus, you hear God. And the Word is the creative power of God. Not only did He create the world and everything in it, He recreates the fallen heart that separates man from God. It is through the Word that fallen man is reunited with the living God.
Lord Jesus, thank You for being the Word. Thank You for leaving heaven to live on earth so that I can see what God looks like, sounds like, and how God interacts with man. Thank You for expressing the love of the Father all the way to the cross. Help me respond to You at a deeper level of love and worship. In Your name I pray. Amen.
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