I received a lot of criticism from a post in which some people thought I took the Bible to task unfairly. Thinking about what they said I went back to the first chapter of John. Here is where we get the language “the Word” (capital ‘w’) in the first place.
John opens his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then in verse 14 John continues, “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.”
If we are buying what John is selling here, we believe that Jesus (full of grace and truth, bearing the glory as if he were God’s only son) is “the Word.”
Once we are comfortable with that belief we can go back through John 1 with the understanding that we are talking about Jesus…
Jesus has been with God since before time began. All things were made through Jesus, nothing can be created without him. Jesus possesses the very life of God, and is offering it to humanity.
John the Baptizer was sent by God to tell people how Jesus was coming to share and spread the life and light of God. While all the people have been created by Jesus and all of creation literally has Jesus living within it, the people did not recognize him. But he gave the power of adoption into God’s family to the people who accepted him anyway.
Jesus is “the Word.” While Moses wrote the law, Jesus came to explain it. No one knows God except Jesus, he is the only way that we have any idea what God is like.
(Paraphrased by me)
This is John’s introduction to his gospel. It is his thesis statement, his platform, his scale on which everything else he says will be weighed.
Everything about Jesus is representative of God, God’s heart, and God’s will.
Jesus is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. I believe that not only does this apply to John’s gospel, but to the entire Bible. I believe that we must read everything written in the Bible through the lens of Jesus’ life and teachings.
Jesus is the only person to ever live who knows God completely. If we do not take all of our cues from him, we are acting arrogantly, ignorantly, and selfishly. When we put ourselves over the first-born (Jesus) we are elevating ourselves above God. In my opinion, that’s just plain stupid behavior.
It’s messed up when Christians quote Paul or Moses or whoever out of context and it is in direct opposition to what Jesus taught or how he lived.
It’s messed up when we try to make Jesus fit into what all the authors of the Bible say instead of the other way around.
Jesus should NOT be measured by us, WE should be measured by HIM.