” The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” — John 1:14 (NIV)
From yesterday’s verse, we knew that a saviour was born to us, and his name is Jesus Christ. Today, we are going to know a bit more about who Jesus is and where does he come from?
Reading today’s verse, I was wondering Who is ‘the Word’ ? — You probably guessed the right answer: ‘The Word” is Jesus Christ. However, you might ask: why does the bible call Jesus “The Word”? Good question! Let’s find out what does John say about this earlier on in this chapter:
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. — John 1:1-5
Here is a good answer from TalkJesus.com by jiggyfly: ‘The Word’ in Greek is ‘Logos” and another definition is “devine expression” It also means communication. Especially in this text, everything that God is communicating to mankind is in and through Christ, His Son. So in other words, Christ is the devine living expression of all God is trying to communicate to mankind.
Then, Who is Jesus?
When we read “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.
9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. — John 1:9-13
As I was reading verse 12-13, it reminds me that a friend once told me about the purpose of Jesus coming into the world: The Son of God became the son of man, so the sons of man can become the sons of God!
Do u get it?
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
About 600 years before Jesus was born, this verse above was prophesied by Isaiah, the messenger of God. For to us a son is given and this son would reign on King David’s throne and His kingdom will be everlasting. Also the prophet Isaiah declared that Jesus is the Light of the World in Isaiah 9:2
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
In a time of great darkness, God promised to send a light who would shine on everyone living in the shadow of death. He is both “Wonderful Counsellor” and “Mighty God”. This Message of HOPE was fulfilled in the birth of Christ and the establishment of his eternal Kingdom. He came to deliver all people from their slavery of sin.
Furthermore, Isaiah uses four names today’s verse to describe the Messiah. These names have special meaning to us:
Wonderful Counsellor – He is exceptional, distinguished, and without peer, the one who gives the right advice
Mighty God – He is God himself.
Everlasting Father – He is timeless, he is God our father.
Prince of Peace – His government is one of justice and peace.
Though there is still a long way till Christmas (my favourite time of the year), I thought I would still play something Christmasy because of today’s verse if you don’t mind.