In my current series this week that is focused on Jesus in the Gospels, I would like to discuss the concept of Logos. The word Logos in Greek means: word, speech, principle, or thought. The Gospel of John is a Spiritual account of Jesus, and it is the only Gospel to explain the concept of Logos. John 1:1 (NKJV) says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”. In the beginning, was the Word, God created by speaking. The Word was with God and was God. Jesus was with God from the beginning. Reading further John 1:2-3 (NKJV) says, “He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”. Without Jesus we have nothing.
John 1:14 (NKJV) goes on to say, “And the Word became 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.”. This is a very powerful verse right here. The Word became flesh, this is something thought to be impossible by the Gentiles. There are three characteristics that Jesus brings with Him. The first characteristic is glory. Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV) tells us, “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”. The second characteristic Jesus brings with Him is grace, we know that we are saved by grace through Jesus Christ only. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NKJV) says, “Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”. The third characteristic that Jesus brings with Him that we find in John 1:14 is truth, we know the Word of God is true. 1 John 4:6 (NKJV) tells us, “We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this, we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”. Additionally, 2 Timothy 2:15 (NKJV) tells us, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”. We need to constantly be in the Word and have our trust in Jesus Christ because He is the truth. We need to be equipped with the Word every day of our lives. Ephesians 6:14(NKJV) reminds us, “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”.
Along with the concept of Logos there is something else about Jesus that you will find in the Gospel of John that I absolutely love and would like to share with you this week as we get close to Good Friday. In the Gospel of John, you will find eight I Am’s of Jesus. Here is the list along with the scripture, I encourage you to reflect and study each of these this week:
Bread of Life
John 6:35 (NKJV): And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.
Light of the World
John 8:12(NKJV): Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:23 (NKJV): And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:58 (NKJV): Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”
John 10:9 (NKJV): I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
John 10:11 (NKJV): “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.
John 10:36 (NKJV): do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
Resurrection and the Life
John 11:25 (NKJV): Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.
Please take some time this week to reflect on the concept of Logos and reflect on these eight I Am’s of Jesus Christ. My next teaching will be on The Cross and will be posted on Good Friday. Please be sure to subscribe to my blog!