Jesus is the Word of God – John 1:1-18
Fathers and sons often have similarities in their appearance, mannerisms, and vocabulary. Many times you will hear someone say, “I see your father in you”, when they are introduced to the son for the first time. We should not be surprised that God sent His Son to the world to communicate His love for us. What better way could there be for us to get to know God than to know His Son?
This is part of what John means when he opens his gospel by describing Jesus as the Word of God. Jesus was not like His Father in physical form, He was fully human after all, but He was sent to be like Him in word. Jesus used words He heard from the Father to communicate with us. (John 12:49) But being the Word of God, was about more than words.
Jesus also enacted the Father’s words with His actions. He displayed for us how to love and be gracious to all kinds of people, even those who hurt us. He modeled for us how to stand up for the truth and what is right, even when it is difficult or unpopular. Jesus did this so that we could see and get to know God.
In words and actions, Jesus showed us His Father. Even beyond this, He embodied what it meant to be the Word of God in the flesh in all his attitudes throughout His time on the earth. In fact, Hebrews 1:3 says, “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”
Jesus succeeded in showing us that He was the culmination of all God is, even though He was also a man. He was like God in every way. Jesus knew He had succeeded in this aspect because He later told his apostles “Anyone who has seen me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) It is a privilege to be able to rest in our knowledge of God because of Jesus.