“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So, the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” -John 1:1-3; 10-14 NLT
John calls Jesus the Word or Logos in the beginning of his Gospel. John wanted us to understand that Jesus is God’s creative, amazing, life-giving Word. In verse 14 John says that the Word became flesh or human and made His dwelling among us. The word for dwelling is linked to the word for tent or tabernacle. Jewish readers would understand this word “dwelling” as a reference to the tent of Meeting where God’s glory dwelt before the temple was built in Jerusalem. Jesus was made flesh, carrying God’s glory, calling out to us to bring us back to God.
The incarnation of Jesus is the most compelling revelation of who God is. He loves us and desires to have a relationship with us. As He spoke in and through Jesus as the Word, He desires to speak to us. The question is will we listen and believe or will we turn a deaf ear to Him.
Jesus is still speaking to people today. He gives us assurance that He is with us. Nothing can tear us away from Him. The Word of God, Jesus, speaks hope, love, healing and peace into the world. May Jesus, Logos, the Word made flesh, speak to your hearts today and may your ears be opened to listen.
Jesus, you are the Word made flesh. You speak your love and peace to a world that is full of darkness and despair. Give me ears to listen and a heart ready to do your will. Help me to declare your Word to those around me. I may be the only Bible/Word that others will read/see. Help me to be confident in your power and love. May others see Jesus, the Word made flesh, living in me. Amen.
For further study:
John 5:24-26; Luke 11:27-28; James 1:22-25; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Revelation 19:11-15