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(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional 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)

Etc. etc.

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 1:4 KJV – “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”







“In him was life;


Wow, this statement teaches us so many different, but related, truths about the Word.

“In Him (Jesus) was life” teaches us:

1. The Word possessed life within Himself (John 5:26).

Jesus, when He came to the earth as a babe in the manger, possessed physical life but, of course, because He was God, He also possessed eternal divine life that was only shared with His Father and the Holy Spirit.

2. The Word is the source and sustainer of our physical life (Acts 17:28).

It is only through Jesus that we exist, we possess human life, and our life continues on from day to day.

3. The Word is the source of our resurrection life (John 11:25).

Although for most of us our physical life will come to an end, through Christ, our spirit will someday be reunited with our bodies at the final resurrection. This is another type of physical life that is given to us through Christ.

4. The Word is our source of spiritual life (John 14:6)

Jesus is the One through whom we can receive spiritual life which includes: giving of life to those who are spiritually dead; removal from sin bondage and made servants of Christ; opening of sin blinded eyes; granting communion and fellowship with God and other saints; adoption into the family of God; becoming joint-heirs with Christ… etc etc etc

5. The Word is the source of eternal life (1 John 5:11)

It is through Jesus, that we receive the blessing of living in the presence of God throughout eternity.

Because Jesus is the source of every type of life possessed by God and man…

John 6:33 KJV – “For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.”

He describes Himself as “the Life”….

John 14:6 KJV – “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”


and the life was the light of men.”


This same Jesus, who is “the life”, is also the light that has enlightened the world. By following this light, mankind will find life in Him…

John 8:12 KJV – “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”






Prior to His birth in Bethlehem, John the Baptist’s father, Zachariah, recognized that the coming Messiah would be the source of light, life and peace to His people…

Luke 1:78-79 KJV – “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”


During this Christmas season, may we all see Jesus as the only One through whom we can receive the light that leads us to eternal life with our Lord.


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  1. The True Light! says:

    A good study, Rob. Of course many seem to concentrate thoughts about Jesus at Christmas time. But we should be carrying such thoughts all through the year for Him as He IS our life…each and every day.

    Good post, excellent study notes!


  2. SLIMJIM says:

    Thank you for this study

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