“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3 ESV) “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 1:14 ESV) “The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 ESV) “Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!”” (John 1:49 ESV) “…you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” (John 1:51 ESV)
I noticed multiple references and descriptions of the Name. Jesus is referred as 1) The Word and equated as God: 2) the Lamb of God; 3) the Son of God; 4) the King of Israel, and: 5) the Son of Man. It seems to me that these all accurately describe Jesus in all of His fullness—God, God-Man, the perfect Sacrifice, and the Coming King.
I am thinking (again) “Why is this important? Why should I take notice and reflect on the various facets of the Name that is above all Names? Why should I meditate and wonder?” It is because it is the Gospel. Jesus is the Gospel. Jesus is the Word—the Word made flesh. The Gospel is from before Time began and it will be through the End of the Age—to That Day and beyond. Why should I reflect on these Names? Because: The Word of God has permanence; it is Eternal—it is forever set in the Heavens; it will not move or lose effectiveness or power. All of creation bows to and obeys the Word. The Lamb is the Sacrifice; the perfect Sacrifice that God has appointed and gave that my Sin might be covered, blotted out from His Sight. The only perfect sacrifice that would appease God’s Justice for the transgression towards His Holiness cannot be a part of sinful Creation—it must be as perfect as God yet a Man of creation—a God-Man, the Second Adam. And while Creation is sacrificed and bled for, ultimately He will return not as the Lamb but the Lion. These are the things I must remember and reflect upon. Once upon a time I began an exercise to compose the entirety of the Gospel, starting from Eternity through That Day and beyond. It was amazing what the Spirit brought to mind—“Don’t forget this; don’t forget that…”; and so on. While the Gospel is simple it is also so very beautifully complex—like a Diamond. Jason is fond of reminding that Jesus meets (me) where I am at but doesn’t leave me where I am. The more I meditate on the Gospel the more I see and understand its eternal beauty. I will never fathom the Gospel completely to its depths but to know more of the Gospel is to know more of Him who saved me and to catch a shadowy and, at the same time, dazzling glimpse of the Glory behind the Gospel.
Lord Jesus, You are my Friend and companion, my Lord and King. Love, friendship, and brotherhood are Your’s to give; my service, devotion, and everlasting wonder are mine to give to You. You sustain me with Your Spirit and by Your Word. Your Word is life. Help me to remember the Gospel every day—I want to walk worthy of it. Amen.