Who Is This Word? - 2/17/19

WHO IS THIS “WORD” 02 17 2019

John 1: 1-5

The Bible, … it’s not just for Sunday anymore.
The problem is, … most people wouldn’t know the Bible … or the truth of the
Bible, … if it hit them square in the middle of their face.
In our nation today, … we have an embarrassing high Biblical illiteracy rate.
On a cold winter day, January 12, 2007, … A man wearing blue jeans, a long-
sleeved T-shirt and a Washington National ball Cap, … went into a metro
(subway) station in Washington DC … and near the entrance, next to some
garbage cans, … opened his violin case, … took out his violin and began to play,
… leaving his violin case open to collect tips.
He played six “Bach” pieces for about 45 minutes. … During that time, since it
was rush hour, over a thousand people went through the station, … most of them
on their way to work. … Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed
there was musician playing. … He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds
… but then hurried up to meet his schedule. … A minute later, the violinist
received his first dollar tip: … a woman threw the money in the till and without
stopping continued to walk. … A few minutes later, … someone leaned against the
wall to listen to him … but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again;
… clearly he was late for work. … The one who paid the most attention was a
three year old boy. … His mother tugged him along but the kid forced a stop to
look at the violinist. … Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to
walk turning his head to look back all the time. … This action was repeated by
several other children. … All the parents, without exception, … forced them to
move on. … In the 45 minutes the musician played, … only six people stopped and
listened for a while. … About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their
normal pace. … He collected $32.17. … When he finished playing and silence
took over, … no one noticed it; … no one applauded.
The subway would-be audience didn’t know this … but the violinist was Joshua
Bell, … one of the absolute best violinist in the world. … His violin was a rare
Stradivarius made in 1713 … and worth 3.5 million dollars. … Three days before
his playing in the subway, … Joshua Bell played at a sold out Boston’s stately
Symphony Hall where the seats average $100 each. … This is a real story.
Joshua Bell playing, incognito in the metro station, … was organized by the
Washington Post as part of an social experiment about perception, taste and
priorities of people.

The outlines were: … In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: …
Do we perceive beauty? … Do we stop to appreciate it? … Do we recognize the
talent in an unexpected context?
Jesus experienced much the same lack of fanfare: …
John 1:10: … “He was in the world, and the world was created through Him,
yet the world did not recognize Him.”
Jesus, … who made the world, … came into the world … but the world did not
know Him … and even today, still does not know Him … but He left us His Word.
Why Trust the Word? … Why should we believe?; … Because Jesus is the Word!
Read this for yourselves in John 1:1–5
The Gospel of John introduces Jesus far different from the other Gospels.
Matthew and Luke list Jesus’ genealogy and prophecies plus describes the events
surrounding His incarnation as a baby, born of Mary, in the little town of
Bethlehem.
Mark starts off by introducing John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus’
public ministry.
But John is way different. … Through John’s Gospel, it was clearly John’s purpose
to let people know in no uncertain terms that Jesus came from God and that Jesus
is God.
John 20:31: … “But these are written so that you may believe Jesus is the Messiah,
the Son of God, and by believing you may have life in His name.”
In fact, … even to the most casual observer, … John’s Gospel starts off in a very
familiar way; … John 1:1a: … “In the beginning”
We know these words from Genesis 1:1: … “In the Beginning God created the
heavens and the earth.”
Jesus was in the beginning. … Time has a beginning and it is clearly documented
in Genesis 1:1. … Jesus was there at that beginning point of which time was
created. … Like God the Father, … Jesus was present before there was time.
We could use the term, … “eternity past” … but what is eternity?
Our mind cannot comprehend the non-existence of time … but the scriptures are
clear. … Time itself is a creation of God … and time had a beginning … and time
will have end.
So eternity is not so much as time without end … but timelessness: …
And there was Jesus before time began.
Isn’t it interesting that John introduces Jesus as the Word: … “In the Beginning
was the Word”

In the Greek, … the word is “logos”. … In Greek culture, the Stoics understood
“logos” to be the rational principle by which everything exists … and which is of
the essence of the rational human soul.
More generally, … “logos” can refer to inner thought, … hence ‘reason’, …
even ‘science’.
“logos” can refer to outward expression, … as in “speech” or “message”, …
which is why “Word” is still thought by many to be the most appropriate term, …
provided it does not narrowly refer to a mere linguistic sign … but is understood to
mean something like “message”, … as in the following: …
1 Corinthians 1:18: … “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but it is God’s power to us who are being saved”
“Message” … in this verse is the Greek “logos”
Jesus is God’s message to us. … Jesus is God’s “Word” … because … “the Word
was with God.”; …but John 1:1 goes even further. … Not only was the Word, …
the Logos, … from God … and the Logos was with God … but John makes it very
clear; … “and the Word was God”
This is foundational to the doctrine of the Trinity. … Though the Holy Spirit will
be included later, … the fact is, … Jesus the Word, … Jesus the Logos, … is God!
Take caution of anyone who tries to tell you differently. …
The Jehovah Witnesses have a Bible Translation called … “The New World
Translation” … which is an atrocity. … They translate this verse as; …
“The Word was a god.” … Anything that denies the deity and co-equal status of
Jesus with God the Father is heresy. … As the Word that was with God … and the
Word that is God, … we see that the Word was the very agent of creation.
Psalm 33:6: … “The heavens were made by the word of the LORD, and all the stars,
by the breath of His mouth.”
Psalm 33:9: … “For He spoke, and it came into being; He commanded, and it
came into existence.”
God spoke the “Logos” … and creation happened.
Colossians 1:16: … “For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or
authorities— all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
The Word of God we hold in our hands is the very power of the universe. …
Through these Words, Jesus calls Himself: … “I am the Alpha and the
Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the
Almighty.” (Revelation 1: 8)

Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. … Notice the
last two words; … “The Almighty.”
Those words are reserved for God alone. … Jesus is God and Jesus is all in all and
Jesus is everything. … So John introduces Jesus, … as the One from the very
beginning.
John 1:2–3: … “He was with God in the beginning. 3  All things were
created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created
that has been created.”
Again; … The Word, … the Logos; … Jesus is from the very beginning.
The Word of God, … spoken by God, … who was God, … spoke all things into
existence. …
Friends, … the very words and deeds of Jesus … are the words and deeds of God.
So what is this to us?
John 1:4: … “ Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men.”
The Word, … the Logos, … does not merely possess life; … He is life …
and the giver of life.
John 11:25: … “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one
who believes in Me, even if he dies, will live.”  … Jesus gives, not only physical
life … but more importantly, … He gives us spiritual life in Him.
Knowing Jesus, … knowing the Word, … the Logos is with God … and the Logos
that is God, … is the very definition of eternal life … and that life is; … “the light
of men.”
John 8:12: … “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk
in the darkness but will have the light of life.” … Jesus is that light … but there is a
problem with that light; … the darkness doesn’t like the light
John 1:5: …  “That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome
it.”
Like the world class violinist who played in the subway as a street musician, …
those who passed by did not hear or appreciate the talent right before them. …
Jesus came and brought light into a world of darkness … but the world failed to
see or to even notice … and still does not see today.
In the Gospel of John, … life and light are central themes. … Isn’t it interesting
about life and light in comparison to death and darkness. … Death is the absence
of life … and darkness is the absence of light.
John 3:19: …  “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and
people loved darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.”

Because men reject the very light that is life, … they are clearly choosing their
own death … because they reject the One who is life … but here is the greatest
miracle of all time, … the greatest miracle of the entire universe: …
John 1:14: …  “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.
We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father,
full of grace and truth.”
Why is this so significant?
John 3:16: …  “For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only
Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”
This is truly Good New. … This is truly the Gospel … but even though God sent
the Word, … the Logos, … He sent Himself into the world, … to be the Light of
the world … and Life that brings life, … that Light that is life; … it is rejected by
men.
John 1:11: … “He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him.”
The “Word” we hold in our hands, is all about Jesus through and through. … It is
in this understanding that all of scripture need to be viewed and interpreted.
John 5: 39: … “You pore over the Scriptures because you think you have eternal
life in them, … yet they testify about Me.”
The “Word” points us to Jesus; … the “Word” testifies of Jesus; … the “Word” is
Jesus. … Moses pointed out to the children of Israel in the desert: …
Deuteronomy 30:19: … “I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today
that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Choose life so that
you and your descendants may live,” (Prophetic words for today!)
Moses put it out plain and simple; … choose life! … Yet this insane world will
painstakingly choose death. … The Word is rejected. … The Word that is light, …
the Word that is life.
Profoundly, … our Lord’s message was Himself. … He did not come merely to
preach a Gospel; … He Himself is that Gospel. … He did not come simply to give
bread; … He said, "I am the bread." (John 6:35); … He did not come only to shed
light; … He said, "I am the light." (John 8:12); … He did not come purely to show
the door; … He said, "I am the door." (John 10:7); … He did not come solely to
point the way; … He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." (John 14:6)
Why trust the Word?; … The Word is all about Jesus. … The Word is Jesus.
John 1:12: …  “But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be
children of God, to those who believe in His name,

Have you received the Word, … the Logos, … have you received Jesus?
There is no other way!
AMEN