The Logos Becomes Flesh

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By Rev. Dr. Sergio E. ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.

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Introduction

We knowHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » that we have many religions in the worldJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » nowadays. However, only one religionThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » who has GodThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » that became human beingCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... ».

Hinduism has no gods that became flesh, but you can find a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » that became god. Buddhism has no god that became flesh, but they have man who became enlightened one. IslamThe Messiah as The Lamb of God. Read more ... » and Judaism have God who is transcendent watching from afar the affairs of the people.

We ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that God who was transcendent became immanent. In other wordsHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », our God did not remain far from human beings, he came nearer to human beings. Actually he became human being. He incarnated and lived among us. He knows our feelings as humans, he experienced what we are experiencing. You say you sufferThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... »? JesusA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... » suffered more than we do! He also died but he died not for his sake, but for us, for our salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... ».

 I. The LightThe Gospel According to Simeon. Read more ... » and LifeThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » of CreationNew Year, New Creation. Read more ... » (vv. 1-5).

Let’s read John 1:1-5, “In the beginning, the WordProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothingThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity. And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.”WordBecameFleshBtn

The Word is logos (logoς) in GreekThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ». The Word was preexistent since the Word was God. The Fourth GospelJesus’ Strategy of Evangelism. Read more ... » begins with the cosmic pre-existence of the Word and the Word’s relationshipHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » to the world rather than the stories of Jesus birthGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... ».

In the timeThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » of the Evangelist it was very heard to draw a sharp line between Hellenism and Judaism since the two were in constant contact with each other in the Eastern Mediterranean world.

Logos figures prominently in early Stoicism as the term for the rational principle of the universeCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » and that cosmological sense of logos is evident in the prologue.

The Stoics followed Heraclitus in believing that the cosmos is connected by an all-pervasive intelligence called the Logos, which one can translate it as the Word or the LawCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». It’s a form of divine providenceMary Praises the Greatness of God. Read more ... » that guides all things. It exists in all things, but it vibrates particularly strongly in human consciousness.

For the Stoics, the meaning of life, the goal of human existence, is to develop our consciousness and bring it into harmonyThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » with the Logos (http://philosophyforlife.org/philosophies-for-life/stoics/).

Some thinkers believe that the Logos of the Fourth Gospel was more influenced by Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » and early ChristianThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... » interpretations of Stoicism than by Stoic philosophyTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... » directly (The New Interpreter’s BibleThe King Who Authorized KJV Bible Was a Freemason. Read more ... », vol. 9, p.519.)

As the verse says, “In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity.” The Logos is the bringer of life and light to the world. Without Him, we have no life and light. The light that he brings gives hope to darkness.

 II. The Witness to the Light (vv.6-8).

The Light has forerunner, and he was John the BaptistThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... ». He endured the hardship of being the witness of the light. He even imprisoned and beheaded because of his testimonyJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » of the light.

In my recent messageThe Messiah was Born in a Manger. Read more ... » I said, “John the Baptist was sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » by God. He was not just sent from God, but he was also a witness about the Light. He was not the Light, but he was ‘holding’ the Light so that others could see the Light. ‘The Light that no darkness has or will ever extinguish.’ Meaning John the Baptist was sent by God to be a witness so that others could see and experience the true salvation brought by Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».” (http://sergioarevalo.net/the-man-who-prepares-freewayThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... »-for-his-masterCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... »)

The messengerThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » was from God, and he sacrificed his whole life just to do the will of God. We know that he suffered in jail, and consequently beheaded by KingThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... » Herod“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... ».

III. The Light Came Into the World (vv. 9-13).Jesus-Light-of-the-World-610x351

John 1:9-13 says, “This was the true light that enlightens every person by his comingThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him. Yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own creation, yet his own people did not receiveThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » him. However, to all who received him, those believing in his nameHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... », he gave authorityLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... » to become God’s childrenJesus is Missing!. Read more ... », who were born, not merely in a genetic sense, nor from lust, nor from man’s desire, but from the will of God.”

The Logos is the Light of the worldThree Important Roles of Christ’s Disciples. Read more ... ». When the light is with us, those who are in darkness might experience light, hope, loveWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... », joy and victory.

IV. The Word Became Flesh (vv. 14).

The Word became flesh and lived among us. We gazed on his gloryThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... », the kind of glory that belongs to the FatherJesus is Missing!. Read more ... »’s uniqueThis Man Asks How Many Times to Forgive; He is Amazed What He Discovered. Read more ... » SonThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... », who is full of graceThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... » and truthHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... »(v. 14). The incarnation of the Logos is the embodiment of God’s unconditional loveWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » to humanity and to his creation.Word-Became-Flesh-300x224

Imagine this for a moment, lying at your feet is your dogThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... ». Your dog and every dog is in deep distress. Some of us love dogs very much. If it would help all the dogs in the world to become like men, would you be willing to become a dog?

Would you put down your human nature, leave your loved ones, your job, hobbies, your art and literature and musicA Caregiver Wows Israel's X Factor; UK Wows For This Pinoy. Read more ... », and choose instead of the intimate communion with your beloved, the poorLiberation Theology's Concept of "Poor". Read more ... » substitute of looking into the beloved’s face and wagging your tail, unable to smile or speakGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... »?

ChristGlory to God in the Highest. Read more ... » by becoming man limited the thing which to Him was the most precious thing in the world; his unhampered, unhindered communion with the Father (C.S. LewisThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »).

Conclusion

In our passage today, we see two different spheres of God’s presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... »: (1) Eternal-sphere of the cosmic Word of GodThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... », and (2) Temporal-the sphere of the world and the incarnate Word.

Long ago, there was a wise and goodWhich Do You Prefer? Old Practices or New Practices?. Read more ... » king in Persia. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothesWhy the King Killed Those Who Did Not Attend His Son’s Wedding?. Read more ... » of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited thought that he was their king.

One time he visited a very poor man who lived in a basement. He ate the simple food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him. Then he left.

Later he visited the poor man again and disclosed his identity by saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... », “I am your king!”

The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn’t.

Instead he said, “You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, miserable placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... ». You ate the course"How to Use Church Web Effectively for God's Ministry?". Read more ... » food I ate. You brought gladness to my heartThe Eight Beatitudes: Principal Graces of a Christian. Read more ... »! To others you have given your rich giftsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... ». To me you have given yourself!”

God is willing to make most any accommodation to have fellowship with us. Even becoming human (Brett Blair, Sermon“Today, You Will be With Me…”. Read more ... » IllustrationsLet no One Despise Your Youth. Read more ... », 1999).

People around us will know that we have this kind of God if we are going to show Him through us. When we meet the needy, the hopeless, the homeless, the sickThe Judge-King Favors the Least: The Undocumented Aliens, etc.. Read more ... », the victims—show that God lives in us.

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