Somehow, I always thought of the Greek word “Logos” (meaning “word”) as though it were only talking about Jesus. “In the beginning was the Logos, and the Logs was with God, and the Logos was God… And the Logos became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:1 and 14). Yesterday, I realized that Revelation 19:13 also uses this word for Jesus, in the context of Him returning as King enthroned forever, to bring the final victory and gather His’ Bride (the Church)! As I was reading this, I realized the Bible threads together Jesus as Creator, Immanuel (God with us) and Eternal King, all with the use of this one phrase. Neat, huh?
Today, when I sat down to enjoy the Scriptures, I decided to delve a little deeper into this “Logos”. I wanted to know if there were any other aspects of Christ’s identity threaded in through the use of this particular Greek word. What I found was very interesting. The word “Logos” isn’t specifically about Jesus. It’s about “story, word, communication”. In fact, at one point, the word Logos is used to describe the story (a lie) told by the Roman guards who were supposed to be guarding Jesus’ tomb (Matt. 28:15).
What am I getting at? The word Logos isn’t tied directly to Jesus, it’s tied to story. The fact that it’s used to describe Jesus teaches us that Jesus is God’s Story for humanity. His Magnum Opus! All of this entire world is God’s creation. He invented everything. Spoke the world into existence. (I would guess that if the Old Testament was written in Greek, it may have used the word “Logos” to describe how God spoke the world into being.) But the one, epic Story He is telling is that of Jesus. Of the Logos! The world is the cloak enveloping the Story of Christ. The world is just an outer garment… we are just miniscule flecks of fiber in the garment. Christ is the epicenter of everything! He is the Conductor of the orchestra we call time and space.
This season, Christians celebrate a Baby born into poverty who would one day be unveiled as the King of kings and Lord of lords! We celebrate the Logos who became flesh and dwelt among us. The Story of the One who intercepted and split time (ever wonder why A.D. and B.C. directly correlate with Jesus’ time on this planet?). There is much more I could say about the love story He wrote and is writing about the Bridegroom Christ, and His beloved Church, His Bride, but that would take many more blog posts, and you’d probably miss the point I’m trying to make now.
What I’d like you to hear is this: We can get really scatterbrained this time of year (and every time of year). We think Christmas is about gifts and family and food. Yet, there is one Story which counts for all of eternity, and it’s the Story of Jesus, born miraculously into this world, to be sacrificed on behalf of His beloved ones, to be resurrected by His own power from the grave (even though death is the ultimate point of no return), to someday come riding on the clouds to conquer His’ enemies and gather His’ people to “the marriage supper of the Lamb” (Revelation 19). So, let’s not lose sight. Let’s fix our gaze up and keep it locked on the Logos- the Greatest Story every written! The Epicenter of the universe! God’s Magnum Opus!