The Word Living Among Us

The Greek logos means “word,” and the Apostle John is the only New Testament writer who uses it to describe Christ. It denotes a collection of words or ideas and can represent what we think and what we express. Logos has been used to express the law and wisdom of God found in the Old Testament.

If you go back and look at the first three words of John’s Gospel, you will see it mirrors the start of Genesis: “In the beginning…” The latter introduces the start of creation, and the former reaches back into eternity. This means the Word has preexisted even before the heavens and the earth were created. Understanding this brings greater importance to the Word living among us:

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Endorsing Jesus

Endorsements are big business, especially in the sports industry. In the last few days, we’ve seen some big endorsements being pulled from players because of their off-field conduct, and rightly so. No company wants to be associated, much less invested in someone of true or perceived lowly character.

While our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did not need it, He did receive an endorsement from His earthly cousin, John the Baptist:

    “John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, ‘This was He of whom I said, “He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.”’” (John 1:15)

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Beholding His Glory

Did you know that Jesus wants us to glory in His glory? The first usage of glory is as a verb, meaning “to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly.” The second usage of glory is as a noun, meaning “very great praise, honor, or distinction, fame or admiration.” We glory in the glory of our Savior. What is the Lord’s glory? It is the same glory with which we behold God the Father, and it has been revealed to us through Christ:

    “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)

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Not All in the Family

One of the great lies of liberal theology is that we are all a part of God’s family. Christianity teaches otherwise. The former teaching may seem inclusive and welcoming, while the latter seems exclusive and intolerant. No matter the labels, beliefs and opinions do not trump the Truth, which says:

    “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)

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The Light of Men

We are living in seemingly dark times. The evil of ISIS has shocked even the most sturdiest of men I know, men who have seen the horrors of war and its ravages. My son warned of this evil in his second article, “Freedom Feels Good”:

    “I have lost very close friends over here. I don’t want their lives to have been given in vain. Simply put, we are fighters. We are all in the same place for various reasons, for me, it’s personal. I am in a modern day crusade to exterminate evil. People whose atrocities I cannot even begin to name cannot be allowed to exist among us. As long as these people are here, everything that is just and good is at risk.”

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