This week as we look at what it means that the Bible calls Jesus The Word, I’m bringing you an excerpt from my new book, More Than A Name.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”John 1:1
The Gospel of John was written to tell people how to have eternal life (John 20:31) and to show them of the deity of Jesus Christ (1). He does this by chronicling Jesus’ miracles witnessed by His followers. Jesus turned water into wine, healed the lame, gave sight to the blind, cast out demons, taught with authority beyond His humanity, and raised the dead to life.
The Jews never questioned God’s divinity, but viewed Jesus as a mere man. John’s purpose in this book was to convince them beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was fully human and fully God. Not another God, but one in the same with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the Word with flesh. Literally the Word incarnate.
Jesus followed the letter and spirit of the law given to the Israelites through Moses and fulfilled all the prophecy recorded concerning the one God would send to save His people.
The Word of God Contains All the Wisdom We Need.
The Word of God contains all the wisdom He wishes us to have, points to His glory, details His miraculous acts, establishes His law, and proclaims His loving salvation by grace through faith. No wonder Scripture says it “is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).” And John claims to have stood face to face with it. Can you imagine how indescribably powerful that must have been?
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”John 1:14
John recalled clearly walking and talking with Jesus both before His crucifixion and after His resurrection. The glory that surrounded Jesus could only have come from God Himself. The glory of the Word incarnate is eternal.
“…All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, because the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.”Isaiah 40:6-8
May we always rightly use the Word of God to increase our wisdom and discern the motives of our hearts.
What does this name teach you about the importance of getting to know Jesus through the Word of God?
How does this name impact your identity in Christ?
What will you do differently because of this knowledge?
Dear Jesus, the Word, thank You for revealing Your wisdom and Your character through Your Word. By Your Holy Spirit, help me to read and understand Your Word so that it might make me more like You. Amen.
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