December 16, 2018
John 1:1-5, 14, 17b
John 1:14a, “The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”
Heart of God:
• The heart is the being or the person. That is; it is not to mean the literal heart but the spirit man. For without the heart or the spirit for that matter, one is not. For there can’t be the literal man without the spirit. Yet the spirit man can be without the literal man. With this then, it is not mistaken to conclude that when we mention the heart of God, it is in reference to God Himself. For God is His heart, just as everybody else is their heart. The heart of God though is clean, pure, loving, merciful, gracious. For God is only touched and moved by His own heart. God is not subject to or influenced by any external factor. God only listens to His heart. He says what He intends to say. When He loves, He intends to do so. God intends to do what He does. For it is all right from His heart. God unlike man is no pretender.
Logos, (Greek: “word,” “reason,” or “plan”)plural logos, in Greek philosophy and, theology the divine reason implicit in the cosmos, ordering it and giving it form and meaning. Though the concept defined by the term logos is found in Greek, Indian, Egyptian, and Persian philosophical and theological systems, it became particularly significant in Christian writings and doctrines to describe or define the role of Jesus Christ as the principle of God active in the creation and the continuous structuring of the cosmos and in revealing the divine plan of salvation to man. It thus underlies the basic Christian doctrine of the pre-existence of Jesus.
I remember reading John 1:1-5, a few years ago and it totally changed my view and understanding of this passage as well as the “whole” of Jesus Christ. We celebrate the human existence/birth of Jesus in December; however, Jesus has always been and will always be. John’s first few verses are powerful words explaining the world being created through the human life of Jesus…in five verses.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” -John 1:1-5
Powerful and Passionate words!
It is because of Jesus, becoming flesh we are able to have a relationship with God. It is through our relationship with Jesus and most especially the documented relationships between Jesus and the disciples in the Bible that we are able to know the “Heart of God.” Jesus lived, traveled and encountered humans just as you and I do on a daily basis, he taught us how to live by example and through His words of teaching. Christmas is a time not only to celebrate the birth of Jesus but His act of grace, by becoming flesh and blood living among us. We often think of Christmas as the beginning of the Jesus story and it is in a way and as John tells us in John 1:1, it also began in the beginning Genesis 1:1. God loved us so much, He gave His only son. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” It is because of this, we can know the Heart of God!
Prayer: May I never stop being amazed by the grace and love of the Incarnation.
~Peace and Blessings~
The C. S. Lewis Bible NRSV