It is no accident the Apostle John chose the Greek word “logos” to uniquely identify the deity of the Lord Jesus (John 1:1-4; 14). It is also the word James is inspired by the Holy Spirit to employ when describing the means the Father used to bring His will to fruition in the new birth (James 1:18). In the Greek culture, which was religious to the point of paranoia and superstition – they had an altar erected to the “unknown god” in case they had overlooked the worship of some deity as they did not want to offend it (Acts 17:23) – the philosophers had come to use a word to embody all that was good and pure and honorable and noble about a supreme being. It essentially embraced all the highest and loftiest aspects of all their understanding of their deities. All these characteristics were said to reside in this being or thought, the fullness of all the worshipped entities in one supreme being. The word they chose is of course the word “logos”. Except the Greeks had one problem. Their “logos” was so pure and high, such a lofty idea and concept, it was beyond knowing or encountering.
So John proclaims in John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word (logos) and the Word (logos) was with God and the Word (logos) was God”.
Thank God for the grace of God. For in Christ Jesus, the Logos of God, the unknowable is known and we may have intimate relationship with that which is too majestic to encounter. For John and James both proclaim that in God’s “Logos” there is life. The idea becomes reality, the concept is our Creator and our Savior. We are not longing and searching for the unattainable. Revelation 3:20 – “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me.” Intimacy of encounter. Relationship. Fellowship. I John 1:3 – “…our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ.”
We are so limited in our understanding and vocabulary to adequately discuss the greatness of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Logos of God and of man. What we must know is the Greatest of the greats, the Purest of the pure, became flesh and dwelt among us. Christ is not just the epitome of our hopes and aspirations for what we want God to be like. He is God. He said Himself that “he who has seen me has seen the Father” and “my Father and I are One” – John 14:9; John 10:30.
If we are going to find peace, purpose and fullness of life in our life, it will only be through Christ Jesus. “He who has the Son has life. He who does not have the Son of God does not have life” – I John 5:12.
Let us take one step further. It is no accident that Christ is referred to as the Word and that we are given new birth through the Word of truth. Peter will tell us that we were “born again, not of corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the Word of God which lives and abides forever” – I Peter 1:23. When we encounter the Word of God, we are not just experiencing thoughts, reflections and meditations about God. We are in fact experiencing and encountering Christ, the Logos of God, and the Author of the new birth.
So the question becomes why do we shy away from the scriptures? To encounter the scriptures is to encounter Christ. And to encounter Christ is to encounter life!
We life in a marvelous age and yet for all the advances in science, medicine and technology we have lost something crucial. We have lost the personal encounter with the God who loves us and gives us life. No, I am not saying we are not saved and not going to heaven. This is beyond these fundamentals. We do not encounter the Word of God and so we do not encounter Christ. And because we do not encounter Christ and His life, our lives get out of balance and we look for the advances of man or the next relationship to set things right in our life. Not ever going to happen. We are always going to need one more prescription, one more gadget, the next greatest and latest of whatever it is that will set things right. Folks, what we need is Jesus. In Him is the fullness of life.
There is a solution for what ails our hearts. It is the Word of God. Over the next several weeks, find some time, 5 – 10 – 15 minutes a day – we all have time we can spare – or more if you desire and read the Word of God. Many who read this have a time with Christ in His Word. For those who do not, start you’re reading in the gospel of Matthew or John. Encounter the Christ.
The second part of the prescription is memorization. Wait. Don’t stop reading. It is easier than you think and the benefits, mercy, the benefits. Do it with your kids, your spouses, your co-workers or by yourself. As you begin to work on memorizing key verses and passages of the Word of God, something remarkable will begin to transpire in you. It is called life. It provides hope, joy, peace and love.
Colossians 3:16 is an excellent first scripture to put to memory.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
This is a bedrock scripture all believers should know and live by. Write it down on an index card, print it on a post it note or several post-it notes. Put them on your computer monitor, bathroom mirror, and refrigerator or wherever you will see it. Work at it a word at a time, then a phrase, then a sentence. Pray it. Sing it. Meditate on it. Encourage one another with it.
Amazingly, as you take the Word of God into your heart, transformation will begin to occur. And the life of God will begin to reign in your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. When we encounter the Word of God, we are encountering Jesus!
Know Him. Go further up and further in.