Logos is the name of our study in the book of John. This will be the main book we study over the course of this year. Logos is also more than that, it is the Greek word for “word.” This is not just any “word” but is the “word” that gives life, that restores the broken, heals the sick, and calls us to God. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-3.
We see from the very beginning of the book, the first sentence, John’s intent is to help us understand something very important: “The word” is Jesus Himself, the same Jesus who was in the beginning with God the Father, the same Jesus who made all things, who gives life, and is a light to mankind. John wants us to understand that the “Logos” is the one and only, all-powerful God. It is through this lens that we are to understand Jesus throughout the rest of the book. In chapter 1, verse 14, John goes on to share about how “ The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. God, the creator and sustainer of life, who is infinitely more than we are able to imagine, decided to become one of the created and live among mankind. The gospel of John is the story of Jesus becoming a man for a specific purpose that carries great implications.
As we study this book, we want to pay great attention to the person of Jesus. We want to read and listen to the story of His life. A life that was lived to reveal to us many things about God Himself, and to offer a perfect sacrifice. But this week, we want to spend a little time focusing on the person of God. Trying to take a step back and attempt to consider His holiness, His power, goodness, righteousness, His mercy, and His grace. Even more we want to consider that He is so much greater than we can understand. And then we want to ask a very important question. “If God is infinitely greater than mankind, why would He become one?” This is a mystery that we can only attempt to answer as it is impossible for us to know all of God’s reasons. Yet, the Bible tells us much about why God would lower Himself in such a way.
Questions for you to ask your students:
- What does it mean that God is infinitely greater than man? Or any other being?
- If God is infinitely greater, can we even know Him?
- What are some reasons you think God became a man?