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From the Pulpit: Jesus is the Word of God

By in Press Enterprise on November 3, 2017

By Contributed Content

By Jimmy Lumpkin

Guest columnist

In the first 18 verses John introduces his gospel with a poem. It starts out like the book of Genesis: “In the beginning.” It calls Jesus “the Word” and says he was “in the beginning with God” and “was God.” “All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being.”

In Genesis the first thing that came into being was light. John says that Jesus “was the light of all people.”

Some early Christians were confused about the role of John the Baptist. “He came as a witness to testify to the light so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light.”

Another error that John wished to correct is called Docetism. That’s the belief that Jesus only seemed to have a human body. Verse 14 says, “The Word became flesh and lived among us.”

Three themes are introduced by John in this poem which are developed throughout the book. One, Jesus as the Word is identified with God’s creative and life-giving activity. “He was in the world, and the world came into being through him.” “To all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.”

Two, Jesus, as the incarnation of God in human form, showed us what God is like. “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”

Three, Jesus, as the Word of God, is the ultimate revelation of God to the world. “The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son… who has made him […]    

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