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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…”



Joh 1:11 KJV

(11) He came unto his own, and his own received him not.





He came unto his own,


When the Word came to the earth as a babe in Bethlehem, He came as a human being…

Php 2:5-8 KJV – “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”


more particularly, He came as a physical Jew…

Heb 7:14 KJV – “For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.”


Christ, who was God Himself, humbly came as a human being who was a descendent of the tribe of Judah, in an effort to save us from our sins. For Christ to come as a human was an absolute necessity for Him to be our Saviour. He had to be a human to suffer the saem temptations as we did and to give His physical life on the cross…

Heb 4:15-16 KJV – “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”


1Pe 3:18 KJV – “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”


and his own received him not.


When physical Jews, and mankind in general, rejected Christ they had absolutely no excuse.

He had come as one of them, not as a foreigner, or alien that would be naturally rejected by man.

He came as One to be naturally received and accepted, however, due to man’s sin nature, He was still “despised and rejected of man”. And all mankind stands without excuse for the rejection of Christ. The very ones He had come to save, apart from His gracious intervention, would exclude, ridicule and discard Him as a useless stranger.

King David gave us a prophetic glimpse at our despised Lord…

Psa 69:19-20 KJV – “Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonour: mine adversaries are all before thee. Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none.”



This same rejection was clearly displayed in a parable taught by the Lord Himself…

Luk 20:13-15 KJV – “Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?”





As we hurry through the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, may we all take time out to consider our standing before Christ…

Have we ever come to a point in our lives where we have seen our need to accept the person, work and teachings of Christ?

Have we come to a knowledge of our sinful condition and willingly turned from those sins, by faith, accepting Christ as our Saviour?

Have we ever accepted Christ as our Lord, by willingly submitting to His leadership in our lives?

May we all come to this point in our lives this holiday season and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. May we never be like the lost Jews who outwardly proclaimed their hatred and rejection of Christ when they said…

Luk 19:14 KJV – “But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.”


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  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Good devotional. You pointing out about how Christ came to the world through Bethlehem made me realized that even early on there were people like Herod who already rejected Him. So early on…

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