Bible Reading: John 1:1-18
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” [John 1:1-4]
When He came to earth as a man they called His name Jesus. That was His earthly name, as a man, but as the eternal, pre-existent Son of God He was known as the Word, and the Word became flesh. John identifies the Word as Jesus! In the words of Charles Wesley, “Our God contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man.’
John uses the Greek word logos, which is translated as the Word in English. Logos had various meanings. In Greek philosophy, logos was the principle of reason that governed the world and gave it coherence.
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the Word was the agent of creation [Psalm 33:6] and the word of the Lord, an expression of God’s wisdom and creative power. The Word is how God speaks, and causes things to come into being [Genesis 1:3,9]. The Word was the source of life of everything that was created. Healing comes through the Word [Psalm 107:20]. The Centurion recognised this and Jesus marvelled at his faith [Matthew 8:8,10]. The Word powerfully accomplishes God’s purpose.
All of these amazing definitions of the Word describe Jesus. He is the living principle of reason that governs and gives coherence to the world. Literally in Him everything exists. He is the creative power and the expression of God’s wisdom. He is the source of life and light, brings healing, and powerfully accomplishes God’s purposes.
Jesus is eternal – the Word never had a beginning. Jesus is personal – the Word was God. The Word is described as “He” [John 1:2]. Jesus enjoyed intimate fellowship with His Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Creator – “without Him nothing was made that was made.” By calling Jesus the Word, John emphasises that Jesus is the revelation of God. “God has spoken to us by His Son” [Hebrews 1:1-2].
This amazing picture of Jesus, the Word, the One who is God is affirmed in a complementary passage of Scripture written by the apostle Paul to Colossians. He writes:
“He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist” [Colossians 1:15-17 NKJV].
Would you read today’s devotional word and turn it into worship of Jesus? Take just five minutes to speak out your worship to Him for who He is!