John called Jesus “The Word,” which meant he knew Jesus fully embodied the mindset or logos of God. [For more on that, read the previous post.] In other words, Jesus knows what God knows and understands reality as God does. And then John added:
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)
In one of the most astonishing assertions in Scripture, John said his Friend, Jesus, the One Who came from just up the road in Nazareth – that man created everything!!! Now, John was a fisherman, a regular guy. I’m pretty sure he knew how outlandish this sounded. But Jesus must have fully convinced him about His role in Creation. Perhaps He told John, “Back in Genesis, when God said, ‘Let us make man in our image…’ (Genesis 1:26), He was speaking to Me.” We don’t know for sure. But we do know this astonishing truth is repeated in Scripture.
… yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist. (1 Corinthians 8:6)
…For by him [Jesus] all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:16)
Therefore, if Jesus made everything, He undoubtedly understands how it all works more fully that we do. When I try to fix a problem with my computer, lots of times I make it worse because I don’t fully understand how it works. But the engineer who designed and built it would know perfectly what each part does and why. His “logos” with respect to computers, would be more accurate than mine, and would more easily be able to fix what was wrong.
If you follow that, see how it fits with this teaching of Jesus:
“… If you abide [if you live your life] in my word [in my logos = if you fully adopt My way of understanding how all reality works], … you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b -32 excerpts with my added explanation of terms)
When you can’t fix something because you don’t understand it, you get all knotted up with frustration, doubt and anger. But if someone shows you what to do, it feels as though you have become released from all that tension. You relax. That’s why Jesus also said:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. … learn from me,… and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29 excerpts)
It’s good to get to know the One Who really knows…