“The Word” refers to Jesus. He became flesh.
This is what John wrote about: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched–this we proclaim concerning the Word of life” (1 John 1:1 NIV). When the Word became flesh the disciples saw Him, heard Him and touched Him. The Word became real to them. Therefore they were able to proclaim with certainty to the world concering the Word of life–Jesus Christ Himself.
John also warns: “Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist” (2 John 7 NIV). Since there are deceivers who say that Jesus did not come in the flesh, it is of great importance for us to be sure that He did indeed come in the flesh.
Christmas therefore is a celebration of the fact that the Eternal Word of God, Who was with God in the beginning, and Who Himself was God, became man.
John tells us these facts as he begins his gospel account: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1,2 NIV). Then later he says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NIV).
Thus John clearly shows that the Word of God is Jesus Christ, Who is God, and was with God in the beginning.
This same John sees Jesus riding out from Heaven to fight the last war on earth. He sees Jesus thus: “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God” (Revelation 19:13 NIV).
Thus John clearly shows us that there is no change to Jesus at the time of the end. Jesus is even then the Word of God as He was at the beginning.
The Bible tells us that, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8 NIV). Therefore we can be doubly sure that Jesus is the Word of God for He does not change.
This Eternal Word of God proclaimed: “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Revelation 22:13 NIV). That means He is forever the Word of God.
And Christmas brings us thoughts of that wonderful reality of this Word becoming flesh.
Without that God would have been still far away. But now He is near!
We know God today only because Jesus, the Word of God, became flesh. He was God’s greatest communication to us that He loved us. Though God had spoken about His love many times in the past, though He had caused people to write about His love, this time He surpassed it all by sending His Word to this world to become flesh1. This was so that all could see and read and hear and touch His Word, the Word of life.
This is Christmas; when you and me touch this Word who became flesh!
1“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 1:1,2a) …“For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him” (Colossians 1:19 NIV).