The Logos Made Flesh
The Jewish nation, failing to keep the Law Covenant of
Sinai, failed to make good as the Seed of Abraham fit to bless the world.
Then the due time came for God to provide Messiah-Redeemer and Deliverer
for Israel and all peoples. He would become flesh, of Abraham's family,
fulfil the Law Covenant terms, and then by self-sacrifice would become
Abraham's Seed on the Spirit plane, able to succor all who would come to
the Father through Him.
In St.John's Gospel (1:1-5) Jesus in His pre-existent
condition is described as the Word of God, or Logos, "The Firstborn
of all Creation."--Colossians 1:15.
Ancient kings addressing their people sat behind a
lattice, in front of which stood a representative who uttered the king's
message to the people. Such representative was called the Logos--the
king's word, or mouthpiece. The illustration is forceful, beautiful, when
applied to God's Only Begotten Son, through whom God speaks to
humanity--to the Church now, to the world shortly, through the Messianic
The literal translation of John 1:1 throws much light
upon a subject hitherto dark. "In the beginning was the Logos, and
the Logos was with the God, and the Logos was a God; the same was in the
beginning with the God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was
not one thing made that was made. The Logos was made flesh and dwelt among
us, and we beheld His glory, as the glory of the Only Begotten of the
Father." Jesus tells us the same thing in other language, saying,
"He was the beginning of the creation of God." (Rev. 3:14.)
"He was the beginning and the ending, the first and the last, the
Alpha and the Omega." (Rev.21:6.) The thought is clear; Jehovah God
directly created no other being than the Logos, and Him very great and in
the likeness of Jehovah. How distinctly, yet briefly, all this is stated
by St. John!
Next in the Divine Program was the annunciation to Mary,
then, the greatest event of history, the birth of our Redeemer.