Logos, the word, the verb became flesh

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INTRODUCTION

Tomorrow Sunday January 3 Gv 1,1-18 is read. It’s about the beginning of John’s Gospel.
This part inspired me to write “in the beginning there was a plan” in my Genesis 2000, a plan made together with the soul of Jesus.

Pope Francis in his Angelus (see below) deepened the value and meaning of John’s Gospel verses.

INDEX

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The text

( N:B. The texts below are copied from www.christianwritingtoday.com/free_downloads/WebNT_CWTedition.pdf )

Gv 1,1-18 says:

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
1:4 In him was life, the life was the light of men. 
1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it. (a)
1:6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.
1:7 The same came as a witness, that he might testify about the light, that all might believe through him.
1:8 He was not the light, but was sent that he might testify about the light.
1:9 The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.
1:10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world didn’t recognize him.
1:11 He came to his own, and those who were his own didn’t receive him.
1:12 But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name:
1:13 who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
1:14 The Word became flesh, and lived among us. We saw his glory, such glory as of the one and only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.
1:15 John testified about him. He cried out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me, for he was before me.’”
1:16 From his fullness we all received grace upon grace.
1:17 For the law was given through Moses. Grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ.
1:18 No one has seen God at any time. The one and only Son, (b) who is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him

Footnotes:

  • a 1:5 The word translated “overcome” (katelaben) can also be translated “comprehended.” It refers to getting a grip on an enemy to defeat him.
  • b 1:18 NU reads “God”

 

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The message

1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:3 All things were made through him. Without him was not anything made that has been made.
1:4 In him was life, the life was the light of men. 
1:5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it.

The word that John used was Logos
Λόγος. in Italian and Spanish it is translated to “verb”. In Swedish and English it is translated to “ord” / “Word”. Logos when Luke 4:32 uses it, it is translated to “message”. I like the greek version (“logos” as well as the Italian/Spanish translation “Verbo” as it indicates action. God is action.

This part of John is profound and mysterious at the same time. As I said in my introduction, these verses inspired me to write “in the beginning there was a plan” in my Genesis 2000

The rest seems to be obvious telling about John and describing Jesus as the Word in flesh.

But as Pope Francis says in his Angelus (see below) John does not write that  the word became men” but “the word became flesh” . Pope has a intriguing interpretation of the meaning of  “became flesh”

Here is Pope Francis interpretation of Johns first verses:

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conclusions

For me the verses 1.1-1.5 are those who I like the most as they complete/develope the book of Genesis.
The Universe is not created without a plan. And it is not like the creation of a magician.

God is much more than a magician. Math is just one of Gods many languages.

Like a tree is created out of a seed and then grows depending on causality (where the seed landed, how the weather developed, etc.). So the Universe is created and let evolve according to rules, equations and tensors, we hardly understand with our limited brain. 

But many who does not know math, think that causality is the same as caos or like Einstein said “Playing dice”. they do not understand that causality has its very special probabilistic rules.

with big computers we can calculate the coming weather. But there are no and probably never will exist, computers that can compete with this superior being we call God, Allah etc.

I like pope Francis interpretation of “and the word became flesh.“. God does not need to sit on a trone like humans, showing up an image of power like Muslims wants Allah to be. God has no problem showing up  and be like the weakest, the poorest.

“In the smallest, the last and poorest, there is God”

Human beings are very good in harming others but weak in their souls, screaming for the least of pains.

The interpretation of the “Word” is also important. Words imply dialog. God talks to all of us, if we listen carefully. But dialog requires EQ, empathy. God is the one that has the highest EQ and IQ.


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