Summary: The Logos or Word came into the "nightmare" of our own making to restore the "dream"
Into our Nightmare came the Son – John 1:1-18
Wonderful sensation of fainting
Number of years ago I had an small operation on my hand to remove a burst blood vessel
Everything was straightforward until they released the tourniquet on my upper arm and the local anesthetic was released into the rest of my body and I started to go wonky
Passed out on the surgery floor
Remember having the most wonderful feeling of ecstasy until I started to come to
Then it was back to the pain of the moment
In just a few moments I went from ecstasy to anguish
This feeling much have been similar to the experience of Adam and Eve when they first sinned
One moment they are enjoying communion with God, living with one another in the most beautiful of settings, the next they are experiencing the torment of guilt and sin
God’s dream of a sharing his eternal existence with his created human family without the prospect of confronting sin vanished in a moment
Humanity’s fate changed too, instead of living the dream of spending eternity with God, their destiny was to live the nightmare of sin
Darkness and confusion again settled on the face of the earth
For millennia this was man’s fate, then a remarkable thing happened, The Logos or the Word entered OUR nightmare with the resources to fix the problem and restore the dream
The Word or Logos
To the Greeks, the Logos represented the soul of the universe. It was the rational principle from which everything came, a creative stabilizing governing force of the universe
To the Hebrews, the Logos was identified with the Word of God. In the OT, the Word of God represented His actions, how God revealed Himself and acted.
So when John uses the term Logos, it is a term that appeals to both the Greek and the Hebrew.
John 1:1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
Here we see proof of Jesus living outside of time and space. John is saying, “Before time and space existed, the Logos was there
He was with God, and he was God.
How can you be with someone and be Him at the same time
This is the ongoing dilemma we humans face in trying to explain the Trinity
2He was in the beginning with God. 3He created everything there is. Nothing exists that he didn’t make.
That phrase right there blows the argument of those who claim Jesus was a created being right out of the water
If He created everything that exists, how could he create himself
The Word is the person in the Godhead who actually did the creating
Logos as Creator
But right here we see one of the resources available to the Logos, He is the creator, and as such, he is once again going to move on the face of the deep and create a new order
4Life itself was in him,
What is the next resource the Logos brings to the equation? Life
He is the “life” giver
Every every atom, every grass seed, every newborn, has been given the gift of life
Definition of living organism
o Has to process energy
o Has to store information, DNA
o And has to be able to reproduce
How do you create something with those characteristics and then add life to it? Good question. Someday God will explain it to us
and this life gives light to everyone. 5The light shines through the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
What is the next resource the Logos brings with Him? Light
Man is grouping around in the darkness and nightmare of his sin, without a clue as to the solution to his problem AND without the means of fixing the problem
Oh, he tries to work out the problem, he’s tried every conceivable “ism” and “philosophy” he can imagine, but each one ends in abject failure and the problem remains
Democracy and capitalism will eventually go the same way
When into the midst of this darkness comes the Logos with a floodlight to expose the root of mankind’s problem
So these are the three resources that the Logos brings to the situation, Ability to Create, ability to give life, and the ability to bring light
Only God has these capabilities
Man cannot “create”, he cannot give “life” to anything, and he most certainly isn’t a “light” bringer
Yet as we just saw these are the characteristics of the Logos
So if the Logos has these characteristics only God can possess, what does that make Him? God