The Word

John 1:1     In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God.

In the beginning or from the commencement of time, place and order, Jesus the ‘logos’ Word, the Divine Expression, was with God and was God.  The Word stands for the pre-existent nature of Christ, the Anointed One.  The Divine Expression of God which is spoken in evidence throughout the writing of the Jewish people, before coming to life in the New Testament, as He came to dwell amongst humankind as flesh.

Jesus is revealed in his deity in this name and yet it also carries a significance within the culture of the day.  In Genesis 1, we read of God speaking all things into existence.  Psalm 33:6 says: ‘By the Word of the Lord, the heavens were made, And by the breath of his mouth all their host.’  John 1:3 acknowledges: ‘All things came into being through Him (Jesus) and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.’

This name speaks of the mission and His homeward return at its accomplishment.  Some extra scriptures to look up are: Isaiah 55:10-11; Psalm 107:19-20; Psalm 147:15-18.

Jesus, The Word arrived following a period of 400 years of silence from God.  The Word of God was understood to be much more than mere mortal communication of language.  It was personal, interactive and alive.  It was sent to accomplish a mission to reveal God.

The language used by John demonstrated that God did not leave His throne in heaven, that He no longer filled the universe or reigned above all.  He did not abandon His rightful residence, but His Divine Word became human form so that man could know Him personally.  He was fully and completely one true God, but He did not exhaust all that God is.  The Father sent the Son, His very Word, which would fulfil the mission and not return to Him void.

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