TODAY’S SCRIPTURE John 1:1-14
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)
Word in these texts is logos, meaning “an idea expressed.” It is for stating, “I want to say a word about that,” rather than for asking, “How many words are in that sentence?” Logos is an expressed idea; “The Logos” is God expressed in terms humans can see and comprehend. Jesus is able to say, “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus is Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23) and God incarnate, “the Word become flesh.” “For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Colossians 1:19).
In some religious philosophical thought, God is inscrutable, unknowable, and incomprehensible. Such a deity would be darkness, not light, truly “an unknown god.” Our God has revealed Himself, first through the things He has made, manifesting His divine power and the fact that He is God (Romans 1:20). Then He shows Himself in mighty deeds, destroying by flood the world He has created when He “saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth” (Genesis 6:5), and “with a mighty hand” delivering a nation He has chosen as His own from slavery in Egypt (Deuteronomy 7:8).
Then, however, He gathers His people at Mount Sinai and reveals His love, His will for them, and His plans for their future in Word (Exodus 20:1). He ordains a succession of prophets, of whom He says, “I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him” (Deuteronomy 18:18). We now know God through His Word, which He has “now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Ephesians 3:5).
However, we know Him supremely through the Word, His unique Son, who is glory, grace, and truth (John 1:14).
Today I will…look up three additional passages of Scripture about Jesus showing us our Father in Heaven and giving us His Word.