Christmas Devotion (Day 1 – λόγος)

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:14

λόγος (“Word”) 

This simple construction of consonants and vowels is pregnant with theological significance for the Christmas Christian. John begins his gospel by declaring the eternality of the one who would carry the designation “logos” – the revealer and communicator of God: “In the beginning was the λόγος and the λόγος was with God, and the λόγος was God. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created.”

The term itself has roots in Greek philosophy which tie it to the embodiment and expression of transcendent reason, rationality and ultimate truth.1 John, writing under the inspiration of the same Holy Spirit by whom the λόγος was conceived in the womb of the virgin Mary, chose this title of the preeminent one with solemn significance.

In verse 14, John’s account of Jesus’s nativity is packed into one, single powerful verse of Scripture. It begins with meticulous profundity: “The λόγος became flesh and dwelt among us.”

To Philip during his earthly ministry, the λόγος would say of himself, “The one who has seen me has seen the Father,” (John 14:9). Later, Paul would explain to the church in Colossae that God “was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,” (Colossians 1:19). The author of Hebrews would follow suit: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature,” (Hebrews 1:3).

This Christmas remember that what we celebrate is not just a baby in a manger who would grow to be the Savior of the World. What we celebrate is that the eternal God of the Ages has, in his kindness to us, revealed himself perfectly, completely and beautifully in the person of Jesus Christ. The Eternal One came. On that day the long-awaited promise of God’s incarnate presence (Isaiah 7:14) was fulfilled when the λόγος wrapped himself in human flesh and stepped into human history through the womb of a human virgin.

“The long-awaited promise of God’s incarnate presence (Isaiah 7:14) was fulfilled when the λόγος wrapped himself in human flesh and stepped into human history through the womb of a human virgin.”

The pregnancy of John’s title for the incarnate One (“λόγος”) came to full term in Mary’s womb then gave birth to the greatest and most transcendent truth the human mind would ever know:

Jesus is God.

God is with us.

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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