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2315 Christ, the Word

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:1-3 ESV

The Jews had a belief that God didn’t engage the world physically, because of his holiness and transcendence. He used a manifestation of himself, called his “Word” or Logos, for the purpose. Through his Logos God created the world and engaged with it. In these verses John agrees with this belief, but adds that he knew this Logos, that he spoke with him – in fact, he lived with him for three years! He is referring, of course, to Jesus Christ. HE is the “Word” that God spoke to man – the physical manifestation or revelation of who God is. In this way, John makes an abstract concept concrete. For him it’s not about theology. It’s about a person – one that he knew and loved. Similarly, you don’t need to think about God too philosophically. If you wonder about God, don’t make it a theoretical matter. Make it practical. Step up and meet him! His name is Jesus.

Immeasurable God, thank you for revealing yourself to us in Jesus Christ. Lord Jesus, thank you for showing God to the world. Amen.

Hear God’s word: Jesus Christ.

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