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Why does the Bible call Jesus "the Word"?
"Jesus is the Word because through him all things are made," says Jonathan, 8. "What he said became. Through the words of Jesus, the Earth and man were made. So, he is the Word."
When we read in John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," we learn three things: 1) Jesus is eternal. 2) Jesus was with God the Father, yet distinct from him. 3) The Lord Jesus Christ is eternal God equal with God the Father.
"In the beginning" should cause us to think of Genesis 1:1: "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." All life comes from light. As his first creative act, God created light. Jesus is the true light from which all light (physical and spiritual) has its source. John presents Jesus as God and man in one person.
By presenting Jesus Christ as the Word through which all things were created, John is saying that God chose Jesus as his messenger/messiah to tell us about God. He is the revealer of God.
"No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him" (John 1:18).
The Bible begins with creation, but it doesn't end there. God is personal. In the teaching, life and work of Jesus Christ, God communicated everything he desired. Creation is God's general revelation, but Jesus Christ is God's personal message to us.
In Greek philosophy, the concept behind the Word (Logos) is the divine principle that permeates an orderly universe. In the Old Testament, the Word carries the idea of active power. God spoke the universe into being. The Apostle John presents Jesus as the eternal Word, who took on flesh and blood so that we could behold God's glory.
Around the globe, gigantic radio telescopes point heavenward for intelligent signals from outer space.
"I think Jesus was a message of God's love," says Abby, 11. "I also think he showed this by suffering on the cross for every one of our sins. And now because of ‘the Word' and his love, we have a chance to have an eternal life in heaven."
Well written, Abby.
"I think the Bible calls Jesus the Word because he speaks the truth," says Leilani, 10. "He tells us to believe in him. He wants us to spread the Word of him to everyone."
Jesus told his disciples to expect hatred from those who reject him. The Apostle John presents Jesus as a great light entering a dark world. His light would shine so brightly that the opposition and lies of those living in darkness would not be able to overcome him (John 1:4-5).
The evil one thought he had silenced the true Word when Roman soldiers drove nails in Jesus' hands and feet. What appeared as a complete triumph of darkness only demonstrated the wisdom, power and truth of Jesus' words about his resurrection. Almost 2,000 years later, lying words seek to rob us from the light of that true Word. There's always a remnant who accept the light of life who gives eternal life.
Think about this: Jesus Christ is God's personal message of love, truth and peace to us. Memorize this truth: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1). Ask this question: Do you know Jesus as the true Word, who gives light and life?
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