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Jesus the logos
Bible Passage John 1: 1-14
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2024 & books Genesis, ISAIAH, John, Psalm.

Jesus the logos

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached February 27, 2024

SCRIPTURE 📖
1 In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He existed in the beginning with God.

3 Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made.

4 In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity.

5 And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe because of him.

8 John was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.

9 This was the true light that enlightens every person by his coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him. Yet the world did not recognize him.

11 He came to his own creation, yet his own people did not receive him.

12 However, to all who received him, those believing in his name, he gave authority to become God’s children,

13 who were born, not merely in a genetic sense, nor from lust, nor from man’s desire, but from the will of God.

14 The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his glory, the kind of glory that belongs to the Father’s unique Son, who is full of grace and truth.

BACKGROUND
To Israelites of Old Testament times, God’s word was more than something written down or spoken out. It was something active so that when God expressed His will, that will be carried out. God spoke, and it was done (Genesis 1:3; Psalm 33:9; Isaiah 55:10-11 ). By His active word, God created the universe (Gen 1:6,9,14; Ps 33:6 ). God’s word had such life and power that people thought of it almost as if it were a person – God’s living agent or messenger (Psalm 107:20; 147:15,18 ).

In John’s Gospel Jesus is called the Word (Greek: logos). Greek philosophers used logos in speaking of what they believed to be the principle of reason in the universe. John may have kept this in mind while writing, but he uses logos mainly in the Old Testament sense. The Word of God is the living and active agent of God, which existed before creation and was how God created. It is not just like a person, but is a person – not ‘it’ but ‘He’. He is not just with God; He is God. Though distinct from the Father, He is inseparably one with Him (John 1:1-3).

Jesus was fully divine and fully man. John the Baptist announced the coming of Jesus as the light of the world. John called people to faith and repentance so that they would be prepared to receive Jesus, but John himself could not give them the light and life of God. Only Jesus could do that (John 1:6-9). John never pointed to himself as the light, though this was easy to do. He would be believed. But he wasn’t the light. Pastors and church leaders are not the Christ. They are not God. They are only privileged messengers of God. They must not claim all authority as if the world will stop working without them.

LESSONS✍🏽
🔷 Human leaders must not take the place of God for the privilege of the gracious gifts of the Spirit of God

🔷 Those who receive Jesus shall be those to be blessed with the light that

🔷 Rejection and persecution are part of the life of the believer. The best things may still not be easily recognized

PRAYER POINTS🙏🏽
💥 Ask God to forgive all your unbelief
💥 Ask that you have a true fellowship with Jesus

CONCLUSION📙
People may continue to make mockery of the Christian belief in Christ. They may request signs and scientific proof. But don’t forget there were scientists in the world before the world was shut down by COVID-19. Jesus remains King.
AMEN

In series Bright Morning Reflections