Tuesday, 19 April 2011 21:12
John 1:1 said, “In the beginning was the word” and John 1:14 reads – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus is not just God’s Son, whose birth we celebrate on Christmas. He is also God incarnate, the eternal God breaking into history in human form to change the world forever.
Jesus is unlike any human being who has ever walked upon the earth. Before He came to earth as a man, John clearly states that the “Word” (vs.1) who existed with God the Father before creation (in the beginning) was in fact equal to Him in every way. John declared, the Word was God. Jesus is God. The “Word”, the pre-incarnate Christ existed as a member of the Godhead as the Son of God from eternity past to eternity future. Though equal but distinct from the member of the Godhead.
Bible scholars tells us “Word” is logos in the greek. The greek philosophers used logos in various ways, usually to refer to a prevailing rational principle or force that guided the universe. But to John, the logos was not an impersonal rational force that remained detached from humanity. John used logos to refer to that supreme being who, although equal to God, became human and shared in the struggles and hardships of the human race.
The one we know as Jesus created everything that exists. (John 1:3) He is the Word who spoke all things into existence (Genesis 1). While the text is clear that we owe our physical life to Him, the meaning probably goes beyond that to include spiritual life. Jesus shines as our ultimate hope; He alone can offer eternal life in a world filled with darkness.
Jesus is the genuine light who came to give light to the world bound in darkness. John the Baptist was the key person to testify that the “Word” was the light of the world, and in so doing, he prepared the hearts of people to accept Jesus as unique. The primary purpose of John’s ministry was to point people to the Savior.
In the incarnation Jesus accepted the limitations and conditions of humanity. Those who were close to Him, such as the apostle John, saw His divine glory and testified that He was indeed the one who had come from the Father to live as human being. Jesus indeed is – A one-of-a kind Savior.
By Bro. Paeng Santos
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