Day 1: Jesus is the Word

As we begin the traditional Advent season, let us prepare our hearts and minds to receive fresh revelation of the gift of Christ Jesus our Lord.

Prayer:  Our Father in heaven, Jesus told His disciples the night before He died that Your Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth, that the Spirit would take of Christ and reveal Him to us.  We pray for this gift of revelation and guidance by Your Spirit, that Jesus might be magnified in our understanding and in our lives.  Amen.

Scripture:  John 1:1a:  In the beginning was the Word. . .

This opening of the book of John is an echo of the opening verse of the Bible, Genesis 1:1:  “In the beginning God…”  It takes us back before the dawn of time, before anything had been created, before the Spirit brooded over the darkness and the empty void.  “In the beginning was the Word” reveals that Christ was with God before anything and everything that we know, before there was anything tangible.  John unequivocally sets in place as his first foundation stone that Jesus Christ is eternal. 

But “In the beginning was the Word” is even more than that.  Words are the expression of our minds and hearts.  Words put our thoughts and feelings outside of ourselves where others can hear and know, comprehend and grasp.  Words enable others to know us.  When we use words, we are letting others in, opening up, inviting them to relationship.  Words are the expression of the personality within us.  Now put the name of Jesus Christ into those sentences:  Jesus Christ is the expression of the mind and heart of God.  Jesus Christ put the thoughts and feelings of God out where we could hear and know, comprehend and grasp who God is and how He thinks and feels.  Jesus Christ enables us to know God.  God sent Jesus to “let us in,” to open up Himself to us and invite us into relationship with Himself.  Jesus Christ is the tangible expression of the intangible Eternal. 

And “In the beginning was the Word” is yet more than that.  Words are made up of letters.  There is no communication without specific sounds that are symbolized with letters.  In Revelation 1 Jesus says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega.”  These are the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet.  All words are various arrangements of letters.  Jesus is the letters that make up the words that God has spoken, that He is speaking, and that He will speak from the beginning to the end!  In essence He is saying, “I am the expression of all things, the summation of all things.”  The Apostle Paul stated it well in Colossians chapters 1 and 3 when he said that it pleased the Father that in Christ all the fullness should dwell, and by Christ to reconcile all things to Himself, by Christ, whether things on earth or things in heaven…for Christ is all and in all!  The Eternal Word is before, within, and after all things.  The full consummation of God’s plan is to sum up all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). 

If you want the Cliff Notes version of history and the universe and all things in them, it’s this:  Jesus Christ.  Period.  In the beginning was the Word… He is the First and He is the Last (Revelation 1:17).

And still there is more.  “And the Word became flesh…”  Words, though they give tangible expression to intangible thoughts and ideas and feelings, are still invisible and still have an intangible quality about them.  So God, wanting to be known and to make Himself known, wrapped His Word, the expression of Who He is, in very tangible baby flesh.  This baby grew and learned and experienced all the things that we ourselves go through in the maturing process (Hebrews 2:17-18, 4:15, 5:5-9), “yet without sin!”  He showed us by example exactly what it looks like to live in full obedience, full submission, and full communion with the Father God.  As John says in I John 1, this was Someone we could see with our own eyes and touch with our own hands.  This is what real MAN was created by God to be.  This is God’s original intent.  “And God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness’. . . So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him.” (Genesis 1:26-27)  This Man, Jesus Christ, is the full expression of the image of God. 

John 1:14a:  And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . .
Luke 2:7a:  And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger.
Hebrews 1:1-3:  God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, …the express image of His person…