The introductory words of John’s Gospel are truly important! They speak to the Trinitarian nature of God, and specifically, to the incarnation of the Son of God.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Now, this is a weird expression if we stop to think about it. What exactly does John mean when he says, “the Word”? It’s not exactly your everyday metaphor, but when John says “the Word,” he meant a plethora of things which would not be obvious to us as 21st century Canadians.
In the Greek language, the “Word” meant “Logos.” Logos in Greek was tied to a certain Greek philosophy pertaining to the logic that governed the universe we live in. In this philosophy, the logos governed how we ought to behave as humans. John makes a bold statement in calling Jesus the Logos. In saying that Jesus is the Logos, he is not only saying that Jesus is the one that orders the universe, but he is also saying that Jesus is God’s exact expression of how we are to live.
God’s Word is his command of how we are to live as Christians! Jesus, being the Word of God, is the primary fulfillment of that commandment to us as fallen humans. Because Jesus is the command of God to us, we ought to live like Jesus lived and do what Jesus tells us to do – no matter how much this might not fit with our own agenda in life.
As Christians, Jesus tells us that the command of God is very simple and can be narrowed down to two principles by which we live. We are to love God and we are to love our neighbours (Mark 12:28–31). These two principles, although they may seem simple, are the two hardest commandments of all. They constantly challenge us to show love to others no matter how uncomfortable or costly it might be. And through these loves, we are transformed and become more able to listen to the Word of God expressed through Jesus Christ.
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