“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” (John 1:1-14, ESV).
John, inspired by God’s Spirit, used the common Greek word Logos as a description and personal name for Jesus. Jesus, the One who was always with God, the One who is God, and the One who became flesh... is the Word!
Why? What is a word? It is a part of speech and communication. We use words to express and explain.
The Word of God is the revelation of God. Jesus unveils and exposes the mysterious, unimaginable, indescribable God!
The Omnipotent and Omnipresent, Eternal and Invisible God, explains and expresses His person and character in Jesus. When we see Jesus, we see God Almighty.
Jesus said to the disciples, “ ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’ Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.’ Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’?” (John 14:6-9, ESV).
Whoever has seen Jesus has seen the Father! Jesus revealed Himself to the disciples so that the disciples would know the Father.
Paul wrote, Jesus “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities— all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and by him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile everything to himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20, CSB). The book of Hebrews begins, “He (Jesus) is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3, ESV).
We use words to tell a story and to describe and define the world around us. God used Jesus, the Word, to define and describe Himself and all His glory.
“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 1:14, ESV).
Glory! That’s a beautiful picture!