(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…”
Joh 1:14a KJV – “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,…”
And the Word was made flesh,
Rom 8:3-4 KJV – “For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
God the Father sent His son, Jesus (the Word),“ in the likeness of sinful flesh”. This teaches us two great truths about the first coming of Jesus to the world:
1. “in the likeness of sinful flesh” – Jesus was given a fleshly body.
2. “in the likeness of sinful flesh” – Jesus’ body looked like any other human, sinful, fleshly body; however, in reality, Jesus’ body was not tainted by sin.
Christ possessed a truly human body, one that was made of human flesh. However, His body was absolutely perfect in every way, not possessing a fallen nature, nor being touched by sin.
and dwelt among us,
Not only did Jesus come to Bethlehem in a human fleshly body, but He also came and lived His in the midst of sinful mankind. He was not “too good” to live among the poor, sick, or unlawful, He willing came and lived His life among His created ones.
Php 2:6-8 KJV – “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.”
Why did The Father send Christ into the world as man? Why did Christ willingly humble Himself when He came to the earth as a perfect, sinless man?
Heb 2:14-17 KJV – “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”
It was so that Christ could become our Great High Priest (Redeemer and Intercessor)…
1. Christ became man so that He could die on the cross thereby destroying Satan, his power and his works among men.
2. Christ had to be man to intercede before God on behalf of sinful mankind.
3. Christ had to be made under the law so that He could bear the sins of those who were under in the bondage of sin.
4. Christ had to be a man to make reconciliation for the sins of His chosen people.
Folks, when we see Jesus and think about His birth in a manger, His humble life, His suffering and death, His resurrection and His ascension, may we always remember that He was a man. He humbled Himself willingly and came as a man so that He could become our great High Priest and Redeemer.
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