In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… And 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 1:1, 14
There are many ways to describe Jesus. He is God. He is the Messiah. He is our savior. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our friend. He is our elder brother. He is the very definition of love. But here in John chapter one, we see a pretty strange way to describe Jesus. Here, he is the Word. The Word? Why is Jesus a Word?
In the original language from which the Bible was translated from, this “Word” is the Greek word “logos.” This Greek word has quite a bit of meaning packed within it. Theologian R.C. Sproul explains, “The ancient Greeks were preoccupied with finding the ultimate meaning of the universe and the stuff from which everything was made. They perceived the vast diversity of created things and sought some point of unity that would make sense of it all.” (Who is Jesus?, page 45) They referred to this unknown concept that unified all things and gave meaning to it all as the logos. This is also where we get out word logic from.
In the opening words of his gospel, John tells us that what gives all things meaning is God Himself. It is God who created all things and gave purpose and meaning to all things way back “in the beginning.” But John doesn’t stop there. Not only did this God exist way back then, but this God stepped into his creation. He took on a physical body, a real human being. God did not leave us alone to figure things out, he came to us. He wants us to know Him and know His will.
However, we don’t have Jesus physically with us today. Instead, Jesus has left us with something else. Today we have another logos. We have the Word, the Word of God. The Bible is God’s Word for us today. It serves as the key to understanding the ultimate Logos. The Word of God is the words that lead us to the Word, Jesus. It is the very foundation upon which our entire faith rests.
There are many important components to our faith. Prayer, worship, fellowship and personal experiences with God are all things that fill out our faith but it is the Bible that gives us a proper understanding of it all. The Bible tells us about the object of our prayers, worship and relationship.
Jesus Himself said, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me.” (John 5:39) The Bible is how we learn about Jesus. The Bible is God telling us what he wants us to know about Him.