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Re: What is significant to you in the statements made about “The Word” in these passages?
The opening verse is eloquent and profound! “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
As we read on and come to understand that John is saying the Word is Jesus Christ, then we are invited to contemplate the deep mystery of the Holy Trinity, where the Son is of the Father, yet has been always with the Father, and is not lesser than but of the same essence as the Father.
It also makes me think about what we humans mean by “word”, which indicates speech or written text for us, and harkens back to Genesis where we learn in the opening verse that God speaks the universe into existence (and yet, probably doesn’t actually speak, as we humans understand speaking, since there’s not yet any oxygen or other gases to form speech?): Genesis 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. . . .
If God uses His words to create everything, and Jesus is the Word, then we come to see that it is through Jesus that God establishes His creation. If you look up Logos in the dictionary, you get this definition: “the Word of God, or principle of divine reason and creative order, identified in the Gospel of John with the second person of the Trinity incarnate in Jesus Christ.” (Oxford) So, all reason and order came to us from the Father through the Son. And when we did not then and do not now “recognise” Him, we are without reason, without order, wandering in darkness, and vulnerable to chaos and destruction.