Christ as the Meaning of Life

August 6, 2008 at 6:04 pm Leave a comment

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

When John began his account of the Gospel of Jesus Christ he deliberately drew a connection to Genesis 1:1 in reference to ‘the beginning’. The ‘beginning’ is in reference to the origin of all things (arche also bears the meaning ‘origin’). In John’s Gospel- Christ is meant to be seen as the originator and reason for life itself. But beyond the concept of origins, Christ provides meaning for life.

The Greek concept for logos (translated ‘word’ in this passage) refers to the inner thought, the reason, or even the science behind creation. One of God’s chief desires in the creation of this world (cosmos) was to reveal Himself. In that sense, God’s word (Christ) is His most powerful self expression in creation, revelation, and redemption. This is shown in the text since ‘the word was with God, and was God’, it is obvious that the word is God himself, and nothing less.

John applies this logos (word) concept to Christ so that the readers would see Christ as the reason, or principle by which everything exists. If this concept is true, then the ultimate fulfillment-the primary reason for existence is ‘to know Christ’. In knowing Christ, God is most fully revealed. This was why Christ came and ‘dwelt among’ man, in order to make God known, and make God known in a tangible way, within the limits of humanities rational grasp.

Entry filed under: Religion, Thoughts.

Article in Collide Magazine Heath Ledger, The Joker, and Christian Theology

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