Jesus as the human embodiment of God’s creative
and informing nature.
Jesus as God the creator, of all that was and is and will be,
and our ‘informing’ light.
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Originally the Biblical term, “The Word” (Greek “Logos”) referred to the creative power of God. As one example, from the Old Testament: [Genesis 1:3]And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
The theologically complex opening verses to the Gospel of John makes use of the term as an alternative title for Jesus. As well as explaining that Jesus pre-existed everything – i.e. Jesus is actually God, and as such, everything was created through him – it also explains Jesus’ role in ‘informing’ us as the “light of men”.
Just as God spoke through the Old Testament prophets to enlighten us, he also existed in our world as a human being. He did it to personally provide vital statements to us. Essentially, through Jesus’ life, God made it clear that he:
- loves each of us and endured an agonising death to ‘redeem our sins‘;
- wants each of us to enter into a loving relationship with him;
- wants each of us to treat his other children (our fellow human beings) in the same loving, caring way that he would.
Of course, we Christians believe that God in the ‘person of Jesus’, within the Holy Trinity, literally lives on within us and our world. Hence Jesus is also referred to as “the living Word.”
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