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Sunday, December 25, 2016

And the "Word" became flesh.

Christmas 2016

Why "Word"?
The plainest reason why the Son of God is called the Word, seems to be, that as our words explain our minds to others, so was the Son of God sent in order to reveal his Father's mind to the world. What the evangelist says of Christ proves that he is God. He asserts, His existence in the beginning; His coexistence with the Father. The Word was with God. All things were made by him, and not as an instrument. Without him was not anything made that was made, from the highest angel to the smallest ant. This shows how well qualified he was for the work of our redemption and salvation. The light of reason, as well as the life of sense, is derived from him, and depends upon him. This eternal Word, this true Light shines, but the darkness comprehends it not. Let us pray without ceasing, that our eyes may be opened to behold this Light, that we may walk in it; and thus be made wise unto salvation, by faith in Jesus Christ.
 The overall emphasis of calling Jesus the Word in these verses highlights the roles of Jesus as both divine and human. Throughout the Gospel of John these themes are often noted, emphasizing Jesus as the Son of God, the divine "Word" who also lived on earth. 

But still we should ask, Why did he choose to call Jesus "the Word"? "In the beginning was the Word." My answer to that question is this: John calls Jesus the Word because he had come to see the words of Jesus as the truth of God and the person of Jesus as the truth of God in such a unified way that Jesus himself—in his coming, and working, and teaching, and dying and rising—was the final and decisive Message of God. Or to put it more simply:What God had to say to us was not only or mainly what Jesus said, but who Jesus was and what he did. His words clarified himself and his work. But his self and his work were the main truth God was revealing. "I am the truth," Jesus said (John 14:6).
He came to witness to the truth (John 18:37) and he was the truth (John 14:6). His witness and his person were the Word of truth. He said, "If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples" (John 8:31), and he said, "Abide inme" (John 15:7). When we abide in him we are abiding in the Word. He said that his works were a "witness" about him (John 5:3610:25). In other words, in his working he was the Word.
Jesus is called, "the Word of God." Although Scripture does not define what is meant by that term it could refer to the fact that He is the personification of the written and spoken word. The testimony that God revealed through the prophets during the Old Testament period was now made human with the coming of Christ. Hence the Word became flesh.
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