Giving Account to Whatsisname
Vol: 108 Issue: 1 Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Speaking at a Catholic Community Conference last May, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi delighted Christian pundits when she made a fool of herself by trying to speak in Christianese, while making it obvious in the process that it was not her mother tongue.
“They ask me all the time, ‘What is your favorite this? What is your favorite that? What is your favorite that?’ And one time, ‘What is your favorite word?’ And I said, ‘My favorite word? That is really easy. My favorite word is the Word, is the Word. And that is everything. It says it all for us. And you know the biblical reference, you know the Gospel reference of the Word.”
Did you get all that? Her favorite ‘word’ is the Word that ‘says it all for us’ so it isn’t necessary to actually say anything. Especially not Jesus.
(“So you know the Gospel reference, don’t you? Don’t you? No? Good. Then I will continue . . .”)
“And that Word is, we have to give voice to what that means in terms of public policy that would be in keeping with the values of the Word. The Word. Isn’t it a beautiful word when you think of it? It just covers everything. The Word. “
Pelosi, who favors legalizing abortion right up to the second the baby has completely exited the birth canal, evidently thought it would be a good time to say something nice about Jesus, but couldn’t quite bring herself to say His Name out loud.
What is that Word again? Ah, who cares!
“Fill it in with anything you want. But, of course, we know it means: ‘The Word was made flesh and dwelt amongst us.’ And that’s the great mystery of our faith. He will come again. He will come again. So, we have to make sure we’re prepared to answer in this life, or otherwise, as to how we have measured up.”
Wouldn’t you like to be there on that day, when He comes again, and its Nancy’s turn to give account of herself to Ol’ Whatsisname?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
The Word is logos and it is uniquely applied to the Son of God at the opening of John’s Gospel. So we begin our study with the Apostle John himself.
John was the youngest of the Apostles when called, and he lived to be the greatest age. He is the only Apostle to die a natural death.
The Apostle John was the son of Zebedee and Salome. One ancient Church father, Theophylact, says Salome was one of the Lord’s half-sisters, which would make the Apostle John His nephew.
Zebedee was a man of some wealth, a ship owner with hired hands in his employ. (Mark 1:20) John was known to Caiaphas the High Priest (John 18:15) which indicates John was ‘connected’.
John describes himself in his Gospel as ‘the disciple that Jesus loved.’ At His death, the Lord commended His mother to John’s care.
Unlike the Lord, (or most of the other Apostles by this time), John still had a home where John cared for Mary in Jerusalem, Eusebius says, for another fifteen years or so until her death.
John lived in Judea until the Roman Wars and moved to Ephesus in Asia Minor. He was exiled to Patmos by the Emperor Domitian. It was while at Patmos that Jesus came to John and had John record His revelation, which is why the last book of Scripture is named, “The Revelation of Jesus Christ”.
Domitian died in AD 96, ending John’s exile and John returned to Ephesus where John probably died shortly thereafter. As youngest, assuming John to be a tender youth of twenty when called by the Lord in AD 30, John would still have been in his eighties by then.
John’s use of the word, logos to describe Jesus was intended as a word picture to convey His identity as God incarnate. We use words to communicate our will and to convey our thoughts.
Jesus Christ is the medium by which God brings about His will and issues His commandments. (Hebrews 1:1-3) He is therefore both functionally and literally, the Word of God made incarnate.
The ancient Jewish sages had a word for the Messiah also, and in their writings they often referred to Messiah as “Mimra” meaning, the word.
The logos is not an attribute of God, but is a real, separate and individual member of the Godhead that was made flesh.
The logos, John said, was not ‘a’ god, or ‘like a god’ or even ‘like God’ but John specifically and deliberately notes that the logos was (and is) God, equal in substance and authority and power and glory with God.
The Apostle John knew who the logos was from first-hand experience and by direct instruction. Logos is His purpose or function within the Godhead, not His title or His name. We are created by the power of His logos, but we are saved by the power of His Name.
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other Name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)
That is why Pelosi’s rant about the nameless ‘word’ she was trying to praise in code was so endlessly amusing to those of us that got her unintended inside joke:
“And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1st John 4:3)
If anybody ought to know, it’s Nancy Pelosi.