The Power of the Word

Robby Bradfordadvent, Christianity, Christmas, Jesus Christ, New Testament1 Comment

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  –John 1:1-4

These simple, short words about the Word capture so much of the eternal origins of the One born of a woman.

Creation comes from him; all that is or ever will be has the Word as its genesis.

Life itself comes from him.  That life that comes from him causes the entire conscious reality and experience of human life.

The Word is both the idea and the expression of an idea.  In this context, we come to conceive of the Word as the interpreter and revealer of who God truly is. Just as a word reveals something of what is in the heart and mind of the person who speaks it, Jesus Christ is the one who is the interpreter and revealer of what is in the heart and mind of the God the Father.  Healing the masses, teaching truth, multiplying bread and fish, sacrificing himself on the cross, raising up on the third day–all these point to the clear nature of who God is, what he is like, and how we might know Jesus as the one who powerfully and perfectly manifests God Almighty.

These words begin the gospel and give us our first glimpse into the gospels this Advent.    

One Comment on “The Power of the Word”

  1. I always thought it was too bad that John was placed at the end of the gospels in the traditional Western order, because it really would make a perfect New Testament opening. I say that because the opening of John is such an obvious mimic of the opening of Genesis, and besides, there's no valid reason to wedge John between Luke and Acts (ie Luke part 2). Did you know that the gospels can be found in no less than 9 different arrangements in ancient and medieval manuscripts?
    1. Matt Mark Luke John (most Greek manuscripts, Eusebius, Jerome, probably Muratorian Fragment)

    2. Matt John Luke Mark (Codex Bezae, Codex Washingtoniensis, 10th century MS X, several older Greek miniscule MSS, Gothic version, a few of the older MSS of the Peshita Syriac, and a considerable number of Old Latin MSS).

    3. Matt John Mark Luke (given in a catelogue of unknown date found in the binding of 6th century Codex Claromontanus and MSS 888 of the 14/15th century.

    4. Matt Mark John Luke (found in Curetonian MSS of the Old Syriac, in the Cheltenham catelogue, in the Latin Translation of the Gospel commentary by Theophilus.)

    5. Matt Luke Mark John (Abrosiaster [380 ad], and list of biblical books in MS 498 of 14th century).

    6. John Matt Mark Luke (known in parts of Egypt, as is seen from the order of quotations in the Sahidic vocabulary described by Woide.)

    7. John Matt Luke Mark (mentioned by the Synopsis Veteris et Novi Testamenti [attrib. to John Chrysostom], as well as the Paletine Anthology, and MS 19 of the 12th century and MS 90 of the 15th century.

    8. Mark Matt Luke John (found in a 12th century West Saxon manuscript)

    9. Mark Luke Matt John (found in a West Saxon manuscript of the 12th or 13th century).

    As usual, my comment has turned into a short book.

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