Monday, December 19, 2011
The Word, God
“In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”
John 1:1 (NIV)
“In the beginning was the Word,”
By the time of John’s writing of his gospel account of Jesus’ life, the church had experience a large influx of Greek people who actually outnumbered the Jewish Christians.
John chose to begin his account by explaining who Jesus was. He began with the concept the people new to Christianity could understand- in the Greek language words were important.
John reflects on Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” By doing this he establishes that the word existed before God created the world.
“ . .the Word was with God,”
John boils down the intimate relationship Jesus and God had into five words. They were extremely close. We can barely describe this relationship. Matthew Henry states that Jesus coexisted with God.
Let me try to describe this connection between Jesus and God by drawing a parallel.
We all know of married couples who truly function as a team-they do most of their activities together. People who know them speak of them as a pair. This closeness of a man and his wife is a miniature picture of the relationship between Jesus and God.
“. . . and the Word was God.”
When we see Jesus, we see someone whose nature reflects God’s perfect being. The Son of God came to earth to allow us to know His Father’s love and nature to prepare you and me to live for Him during our time here. By living for Him here, we learn how to live with Him in heaven.
In our 21st Century world, people have forgotten about God and His Son. Their behavior has become unspeakable. In our state we read of events and circumstances that, even 20 years ago, would make us sick.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus our Savior, let us approach Him with humble hearts, give Him the concerns of our hearts, and ask Him to guide us through these fallen times. Let us also search His Word for answers to how to prepare ourselves for what will come next.