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 (John 1:14).
On Christmas Day and in Christ’s Church, we want to touch the heart of the truth and have it touch us. Therefore we go to the Word of God in the Scriptures, and especially to that most inspired word found in the Prologue to St. John’s Gospel. And there we find the affirmation which will forever define to the world the meaning of Christmas: “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.”
I want to lead your minds into some of the deep places of that majestic truth. We must know what St. John meant by the ‘Logos’ or ‘Word’ of God. The word ‘logos’ has two meanings in Greek. It means reason or intelligence as found in the mind, and it also means this same reason bodied forth in spoken language. Jesus is called the ‘Word’ of God because he is one with the inner mind and thought of God, and because he bodies forth that inner mind and thought in creative action. Being one with God, he planned creation as God; and this Prologue says, “All things were made (i.e. through) him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” But then, in the fulness of time, he took on himself a part of the nature he had created, namely human nature; and came into our midst wearing a body like our own. This word ‘logos’ was a bridgeword. It was understood both by Jews and Greeks, and in the same sense. Jews, religious Greeks, and impious pagans with some education, would understand this noun in much the same way. It was already a familiar conception to them.
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