The gospel of John begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:14-18 makes it clear that this “Word” that John is talking about is Jesus Christ. This passage is one of many clear and powerful testimonies to the deity of Christ in the New Testament. Yet, there is a detail we often overlook: why did John call Jesus “the Word”? The answer is that the term “the Word” was highly significant to the Jewish culture of the time and in fact, made John’s point about who Jesus (and God) was all the more clear.
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