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The Adventure Link: Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? Session Sixteen
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister, Covenant Community Church on Mar 22, 2004, 13:58

The Adventure Link

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up?

Session Sixteen


Last week we looked at the description that John used for Jesus..."logos"


Logos means the beginning was the word, and the word was with God and the word was God....


In the first chapter of John the idea of the Logos being “with” God is significant. The Greek language has three different words, all of which can be translated by the English word with.


The first is the word sun that is rendered into English as the prefix syn. We find it in words such as synchronize, syncretism, synagogue, etc. A synagogue, for example, is a place where people come together with other people. To be with in the sense of “sun” is to be present in a group, to be gathered with other people. This refers to a collection of people.


The second word that can be translated by the English word with is the word meta, which means “to be alongside of.” When we think of people being alongside of each other we think of them standing side by side. If I were to walk side by side with a person down the street, I would be with him in the sense of “meta.”


The Greeks have a third word that can be translated “with,” and it is the word pros. This one is found less frequently than the others, but it is in the root word for another Greek word, prosepone, which means “face.” This kind of “withness” is the most intimate of all types. John is saying here that the Logos existed with God, pros God, that is, face to face in a relationship of eternal intimacy.


It is this very relationship that the Old Testament Hebrew yearns to have with his God.


The Logos enjoys this kind of intimate face-to-face relationship from all eternity with the Father. The Father and Son are one in their relationship as well as in their being.


In John’s prologue (1:1-14), the concept of the Logos comes to a climax as we read, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us . . . we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.” Here this “dwelling” literally means to “pitch his tent among us.”


Even as God dwelt with the people of Israel in the Old Testament by means of a tabernacle, so the New Testament tabernacle is the incarnate Word, the Logos who embodies the truth of God himself. He is the mind of God made flesh, coming to dwell with us in flesh and blood. When he makes his appearance, it is a manifestation of glory. As John tells us, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”


God is with us...He really is....what a great thing to remember as you begin a new week


The adveture continues....

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