29. The Word - John 1:1
29. The Word – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
I used to know this guy who was a stoner before meeting Jesus. Every time I would say something to him he would nod his head and say, "word." For me it was a bit annoying until he explained to me that it was kind of like saying, AMEN, or I agree. I was okay with it after that but I don't believe I am ready to end my prayers by saying "word".
Jesus is Logos, the WORD. This is a very beautiful way of describing our Lord, Jesus Christ. When you think about it you will find rich meaning to his name. "WORD!"
In Greek philosophy, the logos is "a lifeless and impersonal abstract philosophical concept that is a necessary postulate for the cause of order and purpose in the universe." Although the apostle John was not a Greek philosopher his description of Jesus as the WORD made the Logos personal with the power of unity, coherence, and purpose. In other words, if you really want purpose and meaning in your life than you need to look to the WORD, Jesus Christ. "WORD!"
In the beginning we see that God spoke everything into existence; "And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." John 1 says that the WORD was with God in the beginning and that all things were created through him and by him. I love to picture Jesus as the WORD that God spoke to create all things. "Jesus" and there was the heavens and the earth. "Jesus" and their was animals. 'WORD!"
In Hebrews it says that the WORD, is living and active and able to judge our heart's intent. We all agree that this is referring to the scriptures. But it also brings greater depth when we add Jesus' name to this verse: "For JESUS is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, JESUS penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; JESUS judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (He 4:12)." "WORD!"
By looking to Jesus as WORD, John makes several statements about his nature. Never has so few verse given such deep doctrine:
1. Jesus is eternal (“In the beginning was the Word”)
2. Jesus was with God prior to coming to earth (“the Word was with God”)
3. Jesus is God (“the Word was God.”)
4. Jesus is Creator (“All things were made through him”)
5. Jesus is the Giver of Life (“In him was life”)
6. Jesus became human to live among us (“the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”)
My friend said that "word" means "I agree". In 1 John 5, the apostle John says that the Father, Spirit, and Son all agree to the testimony: "And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life." "WORD!"
AMEN means "let it be so" or "I agree". This is how we end our prayers so when you really think of it, "WORD" may not be such an inappropriate way to end our prayers. After all, we pray in the name or authority of Jesus and Jesus' name is WORD. "WORD!"
I praise God for the WORD, Jesus Christ. May you be richly blessed by the WORD today.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father; Thank you for the WORD, Jesus Christ. Thank you for the life that he brings to me. I praise you for having my salvation worked out long before I was even born. Help me to live by the WORD. Help me to grow in the WORD. Help me to be the man you want me to be. In Jesus' name, AMEN! (WORD!)