Dr. Dan Hayden •
Have you ever played Scrabble? Each player gets an assortment of letters, and the object is to make words on a board. Now the idea is, you can’t just put out any old letters. It has to be a word – that’s the point. It’s a word game.
Words are how we communicate. We can share ideas and reveal what we are thinking, by the use of words. Now, one of the wonderful things about the God of heaven is that He is a communicating God. He wants to share ideas with us and reveal to us what He is thinking. And that’s why He is called “the Word” – It’s because He is a communicating God who makes Himself known.
In John 1, verse 1, John begins his gospel of the life of Christ by saying, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Three times in this verse Christ is identified as “the Word.” Later in verse 14, John will say, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” In other words, the Word was God and the Word became a man. This is how John describes the birth of Christ. It was God becoming a man. And when He became a man, He communicated to us what God is like. So He is called “the Word.”
The word “word,” is the Greek word logos, which literally means, “something said.” It comes from the Greek verb lego, which means “to lay forth, to relate in words.” The idea of logos is that there is a communication. There is a statement, a declaration, a proclamation. Something is reckoned and reasoned.
Well, that’s the way God is. He communicates with us. He reveals His thoughts, and He reasons with us. And He does that through His Word. But He also did that when He became a man, in the birth of Jesus. Jesus is the logos – the communicating God.
Say – have you communicated with God lately? If not – it’s your fault, not His. ■