“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1
In the original, the Word was the Greek logos. Logos in the Greek mind meant much more than “word.” It included the idea of understanding which makes sense. Logos makes up part of many of the words we use to describe how we look at and understand the world including theology and biology. Faith and science.
Logos. Understanding. In the beginning there was understanding. The understanding was with God and the understanding was God.
On the night that I’m writing this, Pastor Sean preached a funeral sermon on logos. He explained that for David, the man who recently died, engineering was his logos. Or at least one of his logos. His faith was another logos. When the children did their nativity play and David was a young father, he would stand outside and shine a spot light on the star in our stained glass window so that the star shone for all inside to see.
What is your logos? Your way of understanding the world?
Like David, I have several logos. I trained first in archaeology, a social science that incorporates biology and chemistry. I’m a writer. I’m a crafter. I sing. I’m a Christian. All of these things fold into my understanding of the universe and my place in it.
What does all of this have to do with Christmas? Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is logos made flesh. Not just adult Jesus. Not just Jesus on the cross. Not just Jesus resurrected. Jesus as a whole. Logos became flesh with the birth of a tiny baby.
When God sent us His Son, he sent us logos. He sent us understanding. He gave us what we needed to remake the world. Lately it sure has felt like logos is in short but logos is in God. Logos is God. And God is eternal. We have access to the understanding that we need to remake the world. It came as a baby.
All we have to do is look for the Star.