Friday - October 22nd
Scripture to Read Today: John 1:1-14
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one
and only Son, who came from the Father,
full of grace and truth.
The Apostle John opens his great Gospel with philosophical language that had become common in the Greco-Roman world. John specifically refers to Jesus by saying He is "THE Word." It's essential to understand what John sought to achieve by utilizing this title for Christ.
To first-century philosophers, words were critical to understanding the one who communicated them. To some extent, we view words similarly today. But John was taking it a step further. He declared Jesus to be "THE Word." He links that title and the very person of Jesus to the creator and sustainer of the universe. In the first sentence of His entire Gospel, the Apostle makes it unmistakably clear how much Jesus, "THE Word," reflected God the Father. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."
From the very start of His Gospel, John presents Jesus as God, the creator and sustainer of everything. While the Old Testament in John's day was the written "Word of God," Jesus was and is the living "Word of God." In verse fourteen of John chapter one, the Apostle talks about how this "Word" (Who is God) came in human flesh and lived among us. He came to us.
Most religions and even some false forms of Christianity say we must find our way to God on our own. But John and the other apostles taught that we cannot get to God on our own. That is why "THE Word" became flesh and lived among us. In his paraphrase of verse fourteen, Eugene Peterson says, "The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood."
Jesus came to us to restore our relationship with God. We could have never experienced a restored relationship with God without Jesus becoming "THE Word" for us. Jesus reflected the Father to us. As His followers, we are responsible for reflecting Christ. Others should see the truth and grace of Christ emanating from us. As they do, they see God Himself shining through.
As we live and love like Jesus more, our lives become brighter lights for others to see Him in and through us. A life of Christlikeness opens doors for us to share the hope of the Gospel with others. What they see in us should reflect the Living WORD of God!
Jesus is the Living Word, and our lives are to be a witness of that Living Word (and ultimately the Father).