(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 our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.
This same 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 1:3 KJV – “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
“All things were made by him;
The Word was not only present with God in the beginning (creation) of all things (John 1:2). But He was also active in the creation process as well. As a matter of fact, the Word (God the Son), is referred to as being the source of all things (“by whom are all things”)…
1 Corinthians 8:6 KJV – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.”
Hebrews helps to show us that the Son was the instrument of God’s creative process…
Hebrews 1:1-2 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;”
and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
Here, the Word is reaffirmed to be the instrument of every part of God’s creation. Nothing exists apart from the Word’s creative workings and his sustaining intervention on their behalf.
Colossians 1:16-17 KJV – “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
The Word, Jesus Christ is not only our Lord and Savior, but He is also our Creator.
In the last days God has spoken unto His people through this same Word. God did this by:
1. appointing Jesus as His divine heir of all things; (Jesus as Son of God)
2. establishing Jesus as the instrument of His creative acts; (Jesus As Creator)
3. sending Jesus to the earth; (Jesus as Messiah or Christ)
4. revealing Himself through Jesus’ person and life; (Jesus as Sinless Messenger)
5. establishing all things through Jesus, the Word; (Jesus as Sustainer of World)
6. purging the sins of His people through Jesus’s work on the cross; (Jesus as Savior)
7. and then exalting Jesus over all, placing Jesus at His right hand. (Jesus as Sovereign Lord)
It is through this series of events, that God clearly reveals Himself to mankind through the person, life and work of the Word, Jesus….
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;”
As we think about the baby born in a manger this Christmas season, may we always remember He is “the One that made the worlds”, who then humbled Himself by visiting His fallen creation, to save His people from their sins!
Matthew 1:20-21 KJV – “But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
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