5 June 2010

The Word

John 1:1-5 (New International Version)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
5 The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

Whenever you think of 'The Word', what do you think of? A 1990s Channel 4 television programme with Terry Christian? A independent music magazine in the UK? Perhaps it's Peter Griffin singing 'Bird Is The Word' on Family Guy?

As for me, I keep going back to the reference in John 1:1. In this verse, the Greek word "Logos" is interpreted as 'The Word', and refers specifically to Jesus. Centuries of theological study have been published on the subject, and is worth further study. You can find more about the subject here.

A discussion in the wee small hours of yesterday morning by a very intelligent young man called Benedict has sent me back to this verse. You see, he had studied this verse in various forms, including in the original Greek, and simply could not get it. It was a mystery to him, it meant nothing. With all of his intellectual capability, he had not understood it.

Even though it's daylight now, it seems he's still in the dark. Benedict's on my prayer list today.

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