To start off our series on the “Names of Jesus,” I thought it would be appropriate to begin at the beginning. (Joh 1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
(Joh 1:14) 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.
What exactly do “words” accomplish? Without words, we do not have a language. Words express what is on our mind to others so that they can understand. One of Jesus’ roles was to communicate what was on the mind of the Father, His will, to mankind. With that thought, look again at John 1:14. How appropriate it is that God chose this specific terminology to express Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ left heaven to bring His Father’s message of salvation to us! The Messenger brought the message of Himself! 🙂
Since the Word is God and speaks of His Father through the written Word, we will let the Word define itself.
(Joh 1:17) For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.(Eph 2:8 ) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:(Eph 2:9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.
The Word brought the Law through Moses in the Old Testament and brought grace and truth through Christ in the New Testament.
I love this popular verse:
(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It has a mini message all in itself, doesn’t it? The Word has spoken and said:
1. I am: (Exo 3:14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
2. The way: (Mat 7:13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
3. The truth: (Psa 117:2) For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
4. The life: (Joh 1:4) In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
The Great I Am came to earth in human form bringing grace and truth through Christ Jesus. Christ’s words have been recorded so we may know the Heavenly Father’s will for our lives. God’s will is for all of us to be saved. (2 Pet 3:9) The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God shows us His mercy by showing us the truth about salvation through His Word, through Jesus Christ – The Word. His Word lights the path that we must take and this path leads to everlasting life!