(2015 SIH Christmas 18-Part Devotional Series)
INTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:
Throughout this series we will be looking at a Biblical character described as “the Word”.
Who was “the Word”?
This is a title given to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We can clearly see this by taking a look at just a few of the verses we will be covering in this series:
In these verses, we are told that “the Word”…
John 1:1 – “was God” (Matthew 1:23)
John 1:2 – “was in the beginning with God” (Colossians 1:17)
John 1:3 – “all things were made by Him” (Hebrews 1:2)
John 1:4 – “in Him was life” (John 3:16)
John 1:10 – “the world knew Him not” (Isaiah 53:2-3)
John 1:11 – “came unto His own” (Philippians 2:5-8)
John 1:12 – “as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (Galatians 3:26)
John 1:13 – “was made flesh and dwelt among us” “was full of grace and truth” (John 1:17)
We can easily see from these quotes from our devotional text, and the corresponding references from other parts of the Bible, clearly, without any doubt, our Lord Jesus is the One that is given the title “the Word” in this devotional text.
Why was Jesus given the title “the Word”?
The Greek word for “word” is the word “logos” – one of the definitions of this Greek word is “an expression” or “something that is said”.
In other words, Christ expresses God to man. Through Christ we have God revealed to us. This is much like our words that reveal our thoughts and intents to others. This is the basic reason why Christ is described as “the Word”.
This same truth is brought out in the text of our devotional series as well as throughout the remaining portions of God’s Word…
John 1:18 KJV – “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”
Hebrews 1:1-3 KJV – “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high…”
Joh 1:14c KJV – “And the Word was…full of grace and truth.”
“And the Word was…full of grace and truth.”
The Word is full of grace and truth. In other words, Jesus is the overflowing source of all the grace and truth that enters into our world… Joh 1:17 KJV –“For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
He cleared exhibited this when He came to the earth at His first coming:
1. “full of grace” – During His earthly ministry we saw Him set the example of perfect loving graciousness towards others. But more importantly, when He died on the cross, He completed all the work that was necessary to bring grace into this fallen sinful world.
1Ti 1:14-16 KJV – “And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.”
2. “full of truth” – During His earthly ministry, Christ presented the truth to mankind in many differing forms. He presented the truth about His Father and Himself through His teachings, His actions, and His person. In Christ we see absolute, undisputable Divine truth being presented to all whom His life had touched.
Col 2:2-3 KJV – “…and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
When the Word was sent by the Father and became flesh for us, He came with the express purpose of saving us from our sins….
Luk 2:11 KJV – “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
1Jn 4:14 KJV – “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”
May we all remember this is the true message of Christmas… it is God sending His Son to be the Savior of the world. To accomplish this task the Lord Jesus came and ministered unto man bringing to them both grace and truth.
May the Lord grant you His saving mercies this holiday season. My desire for you is the same as the Apostle John, who said…
2Jn 1:3 KJV – “Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.”