8 Days ’til Christmas

17 Dec

Today is my last day of school for three whole weeks!  Actually it’s a half day, which is ever so much better.  This morning I was reading John 1, and it filled my heart with how BIG Jesus is.  Jesus, how I love that name–and all His other names–like The Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

This verse shows us the pre-existence of Christ.  How BIG is the idea that He took part in the creation of the universe and contains life and light?

Word, in Greek, is logos. Logos has a number of meanings, all of which apply here:

1) of speech

1a) a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea

The idea of speech has to do with the manifestation and revelation of Jesus Christ.  He spoke as the Living Word and the Bible contains His written Word.  Both reveal Him to us:  His person, His will and His thoughts.  Light in the book of John implies revelation in general and revelation specifically of the eternal life which is in Christ.  Light also symbolizes the presence of God.  Life denotes salvation and deliverance based on Christ’s atonement which darkness could not overcome.

2) its use as respect to the MIND alone

2a) reason, the mental faculty of thinking, meditating, reasoning, calculating

The idea of reason has to do with His purpose and design.  We can know His purpose and design and through that we can know our own purpose and design.  Now that is BIG!  That reminds me of late-night dorm room conversations at Rockford College where we discussed the meaning of life and always seemed to come to the conclusion that life seemed meaningless.  We just didn’t know where to look for that meaning.

3) In John, denotes the essential Word of God, Jesus Christ, the personal wisdom and power in union with God, his minister in creation and government of the universe, the cause of all the world’s life both physical and ethical, which for the procurement   of man’s salvation put on human nature in the person of Jesus the   Messiah, the second person in the Godhead, and shone forth conspicuously from His words and deeds.

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.  John 1:14

Here is what Christmas is all about.  “Made his dwelling” means tabernacled.  Tabernacled means to pitch a tent.  Jesus looked on humanity’s losing battle with sin and pitched His divine tent in the middle of the camp so that He could dwell among us.

The word grace means favours, gifts, acts of beneficence.  He was kind, merciful, gracious, doing good to all, and seeking man’s welfare by great sacrifices and love; so much so, that it might be said to be characteristic of him, or he abounded in favours to mankind.

He was also full of truth. He declared the truth. In him was no falsehood. He was not like the false prophets and false Messiahs, who were wholly impostors; nor was he like the emblems and shadows of the old dispensation, which were only types of the true; but he was truth itself. He represented things as they are, and thus became the truth as well as the way and the life. –Albert Barnes Commentary

Jesus.  Selah. Stop and think about that for a minute.

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