Word is a funny word. I mean, if you look at it, it even looks awkward. And it has so many meanings.
It can be a piece of a language. This blog post is made of up words, generally out of the English language. But pluralize it and Words becomes speech or talk. It can mean a promise. Like you give your word that you’ll do something. Or that someone is as good as his word.
It can also be used to prove someone wrong, as in eating your own words. It can be used to represent a conversation, as in having a word with someone. It can be news, as in someone sent word.
In recent years, it’s even become an interjection. Word! Which loosely translated is an expression of agreement or promise or correctness, according to the Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions (yes, there is such a thing).
But if you dig around deep enough in a dictionary, you’ll find another meaning for the word Word: “The second person of the Trinity; Often called: the Word of God Scripture, the Bible, or the Gospels as embodying or representing divine revelation.”
The Word is another name for Jesus. Today’s verses are John 1:1-2 and 14, so if you’ve ever had trouble understanding the first chapter of the Book of John, maybe this will clarify it now.
John 1:1-2, 14
1 In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
2 He existed in the beginning with God.
14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
So what does it mean that Jesus is called the Word? Some places you look online will tell you that the term The Word (logos in Greek) came about because of Judaistic philosophers, but I don’t see how that’s possible since it came from John the Baptist who wrote the first chapter of the Book of John.
And if it’s in the Bible, that means God is the one who is referring to Christ as The Word. I know this verse is where we get some of our very limited understanding of the Trinity. Because even though Christ didn’t come to earth until much later after the world had been created, according to this verse Jesus always existed. Also in this chapter (you should read the whole chapter), we learn that Jesus was instrumental in creating everything and is yet the one who holds it all together.
There are so many symbolic reasons why Christ is called the Word, but one of the ones that means the most to me stems back to Genesis 3:15.
15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:15 is the first mention in Scripture that God will send someone special to deal with the sin problem. It’s right after God “discovers” that Adam and Eve have sinned. And God doesn’t make this promise to Adam and Eve. He makes this promise to Satan himself.
God promised to send Jesus. God gave His word that He would.
The first mention of Christ is spoken. It’s delivered in a promise.
Beyond the fact that Jesus’s first mention in Scripture was spoken, when He came to earth, He came as a representative of God and He spoke God’s words to the people. Even now, Christ is our intercessor, the one who stands between us and God and mediates.
So what does this mean for today?
Well, to me, it’s a gentle reminder that God always keeps His promises. He promised that Jesus would come, and He did. And Jesus (God) promised to return, so He will.
He promised to never leave us. He promised to always love us. He promised to forgive us. And so far, I’ve never been given evidence that He’s failed any of those promises, and I don’t believe He will. Because God is as good as His Word.