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The Rev. William Klock: “What Child is This?” (John 1:1-18)

December 29, 2009

In the Christmas Eve sermon What Child is This?, the Rev. William Klock of Living Word REC in British Columbia gives us the Scriptural answer to that very question.  In this message, based on John 1:1-18, Fr. Bill tells us that St. John lays out for us five truths about Jesus, that we might know who He is.  I really appreciated what Fr. Bill says about the third truth, that Jesus was called “the Word” before His Incarnation:

Now, we’ve been talking about the Word Incarnate. Why the “Word”? That’s the third truth: Before he became incarnate – before he took on human flesh – John says he was called the “Word.” Again, looking at verse 1:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

The fact that the Second Person of the Trinity is called the Word tells us something about God. Consider if he were called the Deed. “In the beginning was the Deed, and the Deed was with God, and the Deed was God.” Deeds speak loudly, but they don’t always speak clearly. Consider that our deeds are prone to misunderstanding, which is why we so often find ourselves explaining them with words. Yes, God did mighty deeds in history, but he gave priority to explaining them to us with words.

Could Jesus have been the Thought? “In the beginning was the Thought, and the Thought was with God, and the Thought was God.” That doesn’t work either. As much as our thoughts might turn outward toward others, they’re something that exist solely within us. Words, on the other hand, are something outward focused – something we specifically use to communicate with others. And that’s just what God’s Word does – he communicates to us and with us.

What about the Feeling? “In the beginning was the Feeling, and the Feeling was with God, and the Feeling was God.” Again, just as with our deeds, feelings aren’t always clear – they need explanation.

What child is this? This is the Word. This is the one who exists as God to communicate – as God to make himself known, and known clearly. The Word has existed eternally to communicate within the Holy Trinity itself, but in taking on human flesh he became divine communication to us. In the person of Jesus Christ, the Word Incarnate, God makes himself clearly known to us.

Indeed, Jesus is how God has revealed himself to us in history!  The other four truths discussed by Fr. Bill are well worth reading – see what you think.

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