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5-WHO IS THE WORD?
5-WHO IS THE WORD?
5-WHO IS THE WORD?
By: Rev. Abraham Bascon, Sr. Pastor
The Word of God Church, Brockton, MA. 02302
One of the most celebrated and eventful moments in the history of mankind is the miraculous birth of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Messiah. And, I would venture to say that there are at least a billion people world-wide that are now celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Not everyone is celebrating this special occasion in like manner or in the same way. Some seem to celebrate this occasion more as a secular celebration, and they have actually lost or have never really considered the “true” meaning of Christmas. And, did you know that even unbelievers, non-Christians celebrate Christmas? And they celebrate Christmas to the degree that they exchange gifts. They gather together and have a dinner, and they spend some time making merry. The Christmas that they celebrate; and, I guess for our economy, it is good, that even non-Christians and unbelievers would participate in this holy occasion of the birth of the Messiah. As Christians, we need to stand and remain strong in our faith. We need to make certain that we have the right focus of Christmas; and, that instead of us being persuaded by non-believers into celebrating Christmas as they know it, we ought to be persuasive in our conviction. We ought to be able to have non-Christians to come to know the true meaning of Christmas. The Apostle John reveals for us in his Gospel, the true identity of Jesus. So, I want us to take a look at JOHN 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us; and, we beheld his glory, the glory as the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Now, this is the Apostle John, who is testifying to this truth which occurred approximately two-thousand years ago. So, he is saying something quite marvelous here..”That the Word became flesh….” So, what we need to do is to put on our “investigative hat,” and let us find out, “what”and “who” the Word is. Because, the Word became flesh. So, we want to know
“how” and “who” this Word is; and, “how” did He become flesh. Also, want to find out that the glory that the Word had, was something that John testifies that they saw. So, they saw in the Word, the “divine” nature of God. Then, he also says that the Word was the Only Begotten of the Father. Also, that the Word was full of Grace and Truth.
So, if we can find someone, a person who dwelt among John and his contemporaries. If we can find a person who was the Only Begotten of the Father. And, if we can find the person who is full of Grace and Truth, we will be able to find the identity of this true person. We will be able know “who” the Word is. So, if we look at verse 15, John the Apostle testifies that John the Baptist, bore witness of him. And, the “him” here, is the Word. So, now we know that the “Word” is a person; and, the “him,” making “him” to be a male and not a female. So, John bore witness of
“him,” and cried out saying: “This was he of whom I said: He, who comes after me, is preferred before me. For, He was before me.” So, the Word was before John the Baptist. The Word existed before John the Baptist. And then, it goes on and it says in verse 16: “And of his fullness (the Word’s fullness) we have all received, and Grace for Grace. For the Law was given through Moses; but, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. Now, we find out, that Grace and Truth comes from Jesus Christ. And so, that answers the question in verse 14: “who” is the Word who was full of Grace and Truth? We find here, that Jesus the Christ was Grace and Truth. For, Grace and Truth comes from Him. And, look at verse 18, and it says: “No one has seen God at any time. The Only Begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him. So, now we see that Jesus Christ who’s full of Grace and Truth is the Only Begotten of the Father; therefore, when we read the fourteenth verse of Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John, where it says: “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. And, we have beheld His glory, the glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth.” That in this one verse, John reveals to us that the Word is Jesus. Jesus is the Word. Is there anyone who would want to dispute that? Who is the Word? Congregation answers: Jesus! Pastor asks:Why do you say Jesus? Answer: There are several things to consider finding out “who” the Word is: Verse 14 says:
“The Word became flesh.” (Or the Word took on a human body.) The Word which took on a “human” body, lived among John and his contemporaries, which is approximately two-thousand years ago. Then, he says that they beheld His glory. So, the Word had the evidence of God’s Divine Nature, here on earth. Then, it says that the Word was the Only Begotten of the Father. Also, that the Word was full of Grace and Truth. So, if we can find somebody who fills this description in JOHN 1:14, then we can say with all assurance that that person has to be the Word. So, I pointed out to you if as John the Baptist testified in verse 15, he testified of a person, which is the Word; and, he says that the Word was before Him. So now we’re looking for a person who was before John; not, after John the Baptist. So, before John the Baptist was born, the Word was. Then he says: “He, who comes after me, is preferred before me. For, He was before me.” So now, it sounds like a contradiction; but, it isn’t. That the Word came before John was born. And, yet he says: “He, who comes after me, is preferred before me.” So, the Word will also come after John the Baptist is born. And, the reason is: “For, He (the Word) was before me.” The Word was before John the Baptist was even born. Then, verse 16-17 says: “And of His fullness we have all received grace for grace. For, the Law was given through Moses; but, Grace and Truth came through Jesus Christ. So, we can now relate Jesus Christ who was full of Grace and Truth with the person of verse 14, and that person is the Word. To further confirm that Jesus is the Word, we need to find someone
who is the Only Begotten of the Father. And here, we see in verse 18:
“No one has seen God at any time. The Only Begotten Son who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” So, Jesus Christ, full of Grace and Truth, is the Only Begotten Son of the Father. So, that also fills what verse 14 describes “who” the Word is.
The Word is someone who is the Only Begotten of the Father and full of Grace and Truth. So now, we have a name for the ‘Word.’ What is the Word’s ‘name?’ Congregation Answer: Jesus! Pastor asks: Well, how do you know that? Because the description of the Only Begotten Son of the Father, and is full of Grace and Truth. Alright now, this is very important, that we understand “why” Jesus is the Word! And, that’s the reason I started at the fourteenth verse of Chapter 1 of the Gospel of John. To establish the fact that the Word which became flesh, and dwelt among John and his contemporaries two-thousand years ago, of whom John and the population then, saw the glory, his glory, the evidence of God’s Divine Nature and the Only Begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth. In verse 15, 16, 17, 18, we see that Jesus Christ fulfills the requirements of verse 14, that He is the Word. There’s no question about that. You know who the Word is, and you can explain to anyone and show them right in the scripture, that it is so; it is not something that you are guessing. It is something that you know factually in God’s Word. So, you have that understanding, and now, you can pass the understanding to someone else. Who is the Word? Answer: Jesus! Now, we all know that Jesus is the Word. Now, let’s look at the first verse. “In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus) was God.” JOHN 1:1 now, you have it! You can rightly say and rightly translate this: “In the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.” You can rightly make that effectual statement by using the verses: 14, 15, 16, 17and 18. This is very important, we as Christians, who have at least received teachings or have “investigated” God’s Word, we know according to God’s Word, that the Word is Jesus. But, what I am sharing with you now is, how to really know that the Word is Jesus. And so, that we can share this with others. That they too, may be able to understand and appreciate the celebration that we observe at Christmas.
“In the beginning was the Word, (JESUS) and the Word (JESUS) was with God, and the Word (JESUS) was God. And the Word was GOD!
And, the Word became flesh, and he dwelt among us, (not among you and me; but, this is the Gospel of John, so JOHN is making reference that Jesus dwelt among them two-thousand years ago.)
So, JESUS became flesh and dwelt among us. JESUS or, GOD became flesh and dwelt among us! God put on a human body! And, what did He do? He lived among us, here on earth two-thousand years ago! And John says, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth! Christmas is: GOD became flesh! God put on a human body and He lived here two-thousand years ago!! We hear the Christmas Story…We sing Silent Night, Holy Night and Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and so on…and when you look at the Nativity scene, you see there’s a baby in a feeding troth, with some hay, and the baby is wrapped in some clothing. Then we see the baby’s Mother, Mary and Joseph. Then, we see shepherds. You should actually have some animals because where they were was like a stable. Then, you see the three kings or the three wise men, and they are presenting their gifts to the baby. How many of you know that there is something wrong with that scene? Pastor explains: The three wise men or the three kings should not be in this picture at all. They don’t show up on the scene until about two years later! And, Jesus is not in a manger anymore. And, Mary and Joseph are living in a condo; but, they are not living in a stable anymore. You know, they didn’t live in a stable because they didn’t have any money. But, the only available place in that town was that stable. And, Mary was about to give birth. And, yes…there was no room in the inn. And, the inn was above the stable. And, the stable was like a cave. The wise men did not show up until Jesus was about two years old. So, if you see the Nativity scene with the wise men there, that is incorrect. Now, some folks might say:“Well, that ‘s okay, you don’t have to be that exact.” Well, you are dealing with scripture, so tell the story the way that it is!
If you want to add the three wise men, put them in a different scene. Not in the same scene where Jesus was just born. Show the three wise men going over to Mary and Joseph’s condo, saying: “We want to present our gifts to Jesus.” (At this time, Jesus was about two years old.) Anyway….the point that I want to make is: When you look in the stable, you find Jesus, the newborn baby, in a feeding troth. And again, He wasn’t in a feeding troth because they didn’t have any money that they were too poor. No! Joseph was a carpenter! They make good money! Just call the carpenter’s union and see how much money they make an hour! Joseph was a tradesman. He had enough money to take care of his wife and child. But, there was no crib or cradle available. They did the best that they could with what they had. But, what we see is, Baby Jesus. This is what we see: Christmas..Baby Jesus. We see a brand new baby. So, Christmas we see a babe is born in Bethlehem; but, He is the Only Begotten of God! He is the Word that was in the beginning with God. He in fact, is GOD! And, His name shall be called Jesus! Why? Because the name is translated: GOD SAVES! And, He shall be called Immanuel because, when people look at Jesus, they translate His name JESUS, as GOD SAVES and IMMANUEL as GOD WITH US! So, when they saw Jesus, they were to make that observation that He was GOD with them! GOD with THEM!! So, the Word is who? Answer: Jesus! And, JESUS is who? Answer: GOD! (Pastor Chuckles) Amen…that IS Christmas!!! GOD ALMIGHTY is WITH US! Look at verse 3: “All things were made through Him, and without Him, nothing was made that was made.” So, now…what do we see here? What do we see in our minds? Answer: We see GOD is the Creator. JESUS is the Creator! He created ALL things! You don’t picture a “baby” in your mind while you are reading this verse. But, now you picture GOD, the Creator!! The Word created ALL things! Why? Because the Word was GOD! And, His name is JESUS, which means: GOD SAVES! And, IMMANUEL which means: GOD is with US!! GOD is with US!! Verse 4 says: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not “comprehend” it. “Comprehend:” is another word for “NIKAO,” meaning: OVERCOME. The darkness could not OVERCOME the light! Now…”There was a man sent from God whose name was John, (John the Baptist), the man came to bear witness of the light, that all through him might believe. He was not the light (John the Baptist), but, was sent to bear witness of that light which gives light to every man coming into the world.” And, that is what happened to every one of us who believe that Jesus is the Christ, that He is the Son of God, that He is the Word and that He is God!
Something happened spiritually! You see, we are in “spiritual darkness.” But, when we saw the Truth, we believed the Truth, we received the Light! We were “spiritually” illuminated! We had “spiritual” understanding that JESUS is GOD! That’s Christmas! He illuminates us!
That’s Christmas! Because of this “illumination,” we understand what Christmas is all about! JESUS! GOD! Putting on a human body!
He was one-hundred percent GOD and one-hundred percent MAN!
He WASN’T half God and half human NO!
JESUS was one-hundred percent HUMAN and one-hundred percent GOD!
He was one-hundred percent HUMAN like you and I, except He had NO SIN. Not only HAD no sin; but, He committed NO SIN!
But, He was one-hundred percent GOD at the same time! That’s the reason that John said: “….and we beheld His glory, the glory as the Only Begotten of God!” Which means: He’s GOD! That’s one of the reasons why the Jews wanted to crucify JESUS, because they accused Him of making Himself equal with God. He is GOD! And then in verse 10,
he goes on and says:
“He was in the world…who was in the world? Answer: JESUS, the Word!….and the world was made through whom? Answer: JESUS!
Pastor responds: Amen!! I see someone here that is powerful! I see someone that is almighty! Who is exceedingly great, sovereign and supreme!! I see something that is beyond man!! Something that is beyond a little bambino!! I see GOD! I SEE CHRISTMAS!! He was in the world, and the world was made through Him! And, the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. He came to the Jewish Nation. And, the Jewish Nation, as a whole, did not receive Him….BUT…in verse 12, “…as many as received Him…received who? Answer: Jesus “….to them, He…whose He? Answer: JESUS, GOD! …. gave the right or the authority to become children of God to those who believe in his name. As many as received God, to them, God gave the right to right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” What’s His name? Answer: Jesus! Who is He? Answer: The Word!
And, what is the Word? Answer: GOD! CHRISTMAS! This is CHRISTMAS!
So, those who received Him, those who believe in Him, God gave them the right or the authority to become children of God. Now…How did this take place? How did folks who believed and received Him become children of God? Answer: Verse 13 explains it: “Who were born not of blood; nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man; but, of GOD! Who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man; BUT of GOD! Those who are children of God were not made children of God because of the will of man! No! But, because they were born of GOD! That’s Christmas!! How can such a thing happen that a person can be born-again?? That a person can be born twice?? How can that be?? Well..Because of CHRISTMAS! Yes, because of CHRISTMAS!!
Now…. Here’s YOUR gift! YOU have the GIFT of Eternal Life!! YOU have the GIFT of Everlasting Life! That’s CHRISTMAS!! That’s CHRISTMAS!! YOU have the GIFT of EVERLASTING LIFE!! Which means that YOU are on your way to HEAVEN!! HALLELUJAH! GLORY TO GOD, MERRY CHRISTMAS! That’s CHRISTMAS!! YOU have to be BORN of GOD! In JOHN 3:3, Jesus said: “Most assuredly, I say unto you, unless one is born-again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Verse 5, Jesus says: “Most assuredly, I say unto you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Do not marvel that I say unto you that you MUST be born-again.” So, all who receive God, all who believe that Jesus was God, God authorized them to become children of God, born of God. So, unless you are born of God, you cannot see or enter God’s heaven!! So, when you go back to verse 12: “But, as many that received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.” So, question: How do you become a child of God? Answer: Believe in Him! You receive Him! That’s Christmas! Receive the GREATEST GIFT that you can EVER RECEIVE!! Is to be born of God and be on your way to heaven!! That’s why we sing: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING!! AMEN!! Let’s give glory to whom glory is due!! He is the “true” light that “illuminates” man!! JESUS!!