At this time of year, there are so many different things which can occupy our minds and our time. However, when we get right down to the “Reason for the Season” itself. It is because of a “Gift” which was given! Because of that gift, we now celebrate this time of year by giving gifts, as well.
Of course the “Gift” which was given to us was priceless! It was matchless, the Gift of God’s own Son. Because of what He went through and what He did for us. He has extended to each and everyone of us, the opportunity to spend an endless eternity with Him. That is, without lack and never wanting for anything again.
**You know we sometimes speed right over familiar verses in the Bible. Not because we mean to, but because we have already read them so many times. We figure there’s nothing new to see or learn.**
However, the Word of God, the Bible, is not like any other book. It is alive with life-giving Words! It can change the most vilest of sinners, into one who exudes the love of God from within.
So, why then are the words inside of this book different from any other book?
Well, we get an awesome sneak-peek into the reason, when we look at John 1:1,2.
John 1:1-2 (KJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:2 The same (One named the “Word”) was in the beginning with God.
Oh my goodness, my friends! This is incredible! We know that the “Word” listed here is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Look at John 1:14 (KJV) And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
There is a very powerful truth in John 1:2, which is somewhat hidden from us in the English translation. But it is well known and understood in the original language of the Greek, New Testament. It is found in the first two words at the beginning of verse 2, “The same“.
See, when we read the first two words. It is easy to skip right over and not pay attention to the detail. That is, to the hidden golden nuggets of truth, in those two seemingly unimportant words. For they seem to be there, simply to make the sentence sound complete. But the Greek tells a different story! It is the Greek word, οὗτος, pronounced houtos.
οὗτος, is a demonstrative noun. It means, “This one“!
Oh my goodness gracious, my friends! Are you holding on to your seat?
Here is where the illumination comes in, by the power of the Holy Spirit revealing it to us, through the Word. “This One” who was is the beginning with God! “This One” whose name was the “Word“! “This One” who was standing right here with us, “This very One” is God manifested in the flesh to us. So, we can know God and see His attributes and His love towards us.
“This same One” who was walking and talking with us! “This same One” who healed the lame yesterday! “This same One” who touched and cleansed the leper from his disease today. “This very same One” is God, manifested in the flesh! We touched Him! We beheld Him! We seen the miracles He did daily! We even witnessed the wind and the seas obeying a simple command spoken from His lips! Peace, be still!
Let there be no doubt, who Jesus Christ was, is, or forever shall be! He is the Son of God! He is God from the beginning with His Father, and the Holy Spirit, making up the triune godhead, all operating as “One God“.
This is summed up best, in this one scripture. The (KJV) states in…1Tim 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
For even more depth and clarity the (AMPC, AMPlified Classic) states it like this…1Tim 3:16 And great and important and weighty, we confess, is the hidden truth (the mystic secret) of godliness. He [God] was made visible in human flesh, justified and vindicated in the [Holy] Spirit, was seen by angels, preached among the nations, believed on in the world, [and] taken up in glory.
My friends, the next time you hear this statement, “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” It should immediately make you smile and rejoice! Especially, as you meditate on the goodness our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
How precious and wonderful it was for Him to become flesh. Then take our place of sin and shame on the cross. All so we could believe, confess, and accept what He has done for us, through His death, burial, and resurrection from the dead. Knowing, it was payment in full for our trespasses. Thereby, allowing us to receive eternal life, in and through Him, alone.
Oh, Praise the Lord! 🙂
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*Thank you, Maria Chrysovergi for your God-given wisdom into the Greek language. You are truly a blessing!*