When I watch basketball, mostly what I see are the shots and whether or not they go in. The rest is a blur. Players obviously are aware of more, but they too, in the midst of the hustle and bang, can’t really know what’s happening as a whole. Coaches really “see” the game. From their vantage point they can see things the players cannot. From years of training and experience, they understand things about the flow of the game that are invisible to the casual spectator. Beyond that, they know each of the players’ strengths, weaknesses and habits. Coaches see what’s going on with whole different level of understanding.
Jesus “sees” all of reality much more completely and accurately than any of us. He sees all that is happening and knows all that has happened through the lenses of God the Father. He understands the big picture as it flows from Creation to Perfection. He knows all the “players,” our strengths and weaknesses and what has been happening in each of our lives. How He understands reality therefore, is very different from us folks who can only see for a short time through a very limited knothole in the fence. The way someone “sees” shapes his mindset and understanding of reality. This mindset or frame of reference is what Greek philosophers called one’s “logos.” Our logos shapes how we understand everything. You can see why logos gave rise to the word logic. There is no good English word for logos. It is most frequently translated as “word.” Pretty clumsy, that. “Word” does not come close to the full meaning of logos.
That’s why this familiar verse is frequently misunderstood:
In the beginning was the Word [logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)
Instead of thinking, “word,” a combination of letters, think, “mindset” or “understanding of reality.” And not just any old mindset, but THE mindset, God’s mind – God’s way of understanding reality as it really is. Jesus, this says, embodies God’s true Logos. In the beginning, before Creation, Jesus was The Logos. That is to say, He existed with God in the beginning because He was God in the beginning.
When a coach calls a time out, it’s usually to give the players his perspective on what is happening in the game and instructions on how to adapt. His logos gives them valuable insight as they head back out to the frantic action of the game. In Jesus, God has called us to the sidelines. He says, In all the hubbub of life, you’ve gotten a distorted idea. I want you to really know what’s happening. Here is My Son, Who has been with Me since the beginning. Listen to Him; He knows; He has the right logos. So much so, He is the Logos.
I give you My Word.