Summary: The event of Jesus’ incarnation was the most unique event of history; the effect on our lives still is!

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Thomasville, NC

December 14, 2003

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NIV)

14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NIV)

Logos is the Greek word we translate as "word". Logos is God’s translation for a world that couldn’t understand Him. It is a demonstration of God in Christ, so we could know God. It is the Word of gracious condescension for people who can’t speak heaven’s language. We are far from His level, so He came down to ours!

In the first few verses of John’s Gospel, there is symmetry of thought which -- when coupled appropriately -- expresses critical truth about the incarnation of Jesus. To understand this, a brief word about or word is in order. The old saying has it, What’s in a name? The answer is: Everything if it is your name, and it describes who you are, your nature, and your character.

To the ancients, and even modern Easterners, a word is not simply head knowledge transferred to sound waves, indicating a concept or nominative designation. The word is seen as an active event -- inherently powerful. A word is the same as a deed.

In that way, Jesus Christ, described as the Word of God, is expressing that He is indeed God. Jesus describes -- displays the very character (logos) of God. Men didn’t really know what to think of God -- and so God explained himself. As G. Campbell Morgan put it, In Christ, the long long silence became speech.

On a human level, my Uncle Marlen, knew how to do that. When he was explaining something, he frequently asked a one-word question; he would say, Catch? He wanted to know if we were catching-on to his idea. At pick-up football games he always knew what to do. In the huddle he’d describe some elaborate play. The instructions included things like running to the oak tree, and cutting over to the old Chevy (awaiting overhaul in the back yard). Be sure you fake left, he’d warn -- Don’t let Tommy get in front of you. I’ll throw you the ball when you zig right -- CATCH? Catch? Catch what? Sure I’ll catch the ball -- just -- what’s a fake left and a zig right?

Uncle Marlen would look at those blank stares in our faces -- we must have looked like does in the headlights -- then he would say, I’ll do it one time so you can see it. Just throw me the ball when I holler ’NOW!’ He would run some intricate pass pattern, gliding with that Jamaica shuffle of his -- and yell, Now - C’mon, hit me. The plans seldom worked -- but we saw with our own eyes the best left fakes and zigs ever!

That is the way with logos; Jesus was God’s way of saying "catch?" Jesus showed us The Father.

Investigate with me the couplets of John 1:1 and 1:14. These words which fit-together describe the speech; they tell us who this Word (Jesus) was, is, will be...


Verse 1: In the beginning was the Word

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