(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)
INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.
Who was “the Word”?
This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:
In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…
John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)
John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)
John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)
John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)
John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)
John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)
John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)
John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)
We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.
Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?
The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.
In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. this is much like words reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.
This truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…
John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
John 1:2 KJV – “The same was in the beginning with God.”
“The same was in the beginning with God.”
The Word (Jesus) that…
1. existed in the beginning (1:1a)
2. was with God (1:1b)
3. was God (1:1c)
… is the same Word that was present with God when the all of creation came into existence. God was not alone during the creation process, the Word was present, and active, with Him.
Genesis 1:26 KJV – “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: …”
Genesis 3:22 KJV – “And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us,…”
During the creation process, God was present in all three persons of the Godhead. This is why, as He speaks, He refers to Himself in the plural “us” and “our”. God, being present in all three persons during creation is also presented in Job 35:10 …
Genesis 1:1 KJV – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
The word God here is the Hebrew “Elohim” which is plural in number. This refers to the singular God who was present in the 3 persons of the Godhead.
Another related verse is:
Job 35:10 KJV – “But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;”
Many scholars believe that the Hebrew word for “maker” is actually in the plural and it should read ‘Where is God my makers…”. This also could be a verse that supports the idea that “God” (singular) was present in all three persons during creation, “the makers” (plural).
The testimony of Scripture makes it plain that the Word, God the Son, was present with the Father and the Holy Spirit at the very beginning of the creation process. In our next devotional we will see that the Word is credited with bringing God’s creation into existence.
What a wonderful blessing for us to understand that Jesus was present with His Father and the Spirit when this world was created. Christ is a part of the eternal workings of God. He was active before, during and after the creation process and remains active in the lives of men even to this day.
His creative act brought about our existence and His continuous intervention in our lives allows us to continue to exist…
Colossians 1:17 KJV – “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
May we thank and honor Him for continually intervening in our lives and workings out His plan for each one of us!
Of course, the greatest act of intervention by Jesus into this world, to date, was when He was born into this world at Bethlehem. The life He then led on earth, His teachings, His miracles, and His great sacrifice made on behalf of His people resulted in eternal blessings for all who come to faith in Him.
During this time of year, may we all think on his intervention in our world, opening the way of salvation to for sinners such as you and I.
Isaiah 53:1-5 KJV – “Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.”
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