God’s Logo

logo-rainbow-22879-1288817130-35Logos are all around us.  Advertising executives pour their creative energies into producing the perfect logo that will forever stick in people’s minds.  But no symbol could ever top the Logos of God!  God’s creative genius was not exhausted in the events reported in Genesis 1.  His greatest work began when he sent his son into the world to redeem all creation and save us from sin.  God became flesh.

I find in reflecting on today’s sermon that words fail me.  Thus, I will simply return to the words of scripture:

  • “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9)
  • “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being,…” (Heb. 1:3)
  • “He is the image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15)
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1)

Thank you God for Jesus.  Thank you for having the Word become flesh so that we might know you intimately!

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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5 Responses to “God’s Logo”

  1. avatar Thomas Clingenpeel says:

    Thanks for a simple, but powerful message today.

  2. avatar Tommy says:

    Logos and symbols are two interesting threads for some extended thought. a few years ago there was this, then, popular documentary called, “super size me.” it was wildly entertaining, but the part that shocked me the most was how really young kids, i’m talking first through second graders, immediately recognized who Ronald McDonald was, yet had a lot of difficulty recognizing or flat out couldn’t recognize key historic figures. Why? I’ll have to listen to the mp3 sermon to find how you used the term logos, but as for second, symbols are, I would think, important in how we associate certain beliefs. Ancient Christian cave dwellings show us the craved image (symbol) of the fish, today, we have the cross, as a symbol that is interconnected to Christ. Objectively, the cross could simply be a symbol of histories most horrific ways of execution, death; however, for us, the cross embodies hope, life, forgiveness, and freedom. The image of the cross is so powerful, i’d wager that if you drew a lower case t on a board, 99% of those you ask what that “symbol” was, just like the kids who immediately recognize the golden arches, those people would say it was the cross of Christ. Symbols, though, do not have the same meaning for everyone, thus the cross as a symbol should, could never replace the actual incarnate word of God, Jesus Christ (logos). Symbols are a means to an end, but not the end themselves. The cross, as it strikes me, is simply liturgy made manifest in material; the cross is not Christ, yet the cross brings me to Christ, helps me understand the many difficult aspects of Christ.

    I love this idea you brought before the congregation. Looking forward to listening to the sermon.

  3. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    Last weekend I went with a colleague from the Netherlands in to the main town close to us (Dammam) and we had a nice Thai dinner. After dinner we saw the lighted logo of Starbucks, so we headed that way. The last Starbucks I had was in Amsterdam airport on JAN 18th. When we finally got there (on foot), it was “closed for prayer time” (the muslims shut down five (5) times a day for prayer (every day). We had a taxi to catch to get back to our bus, so needless-to-say, all we got was “the logo” … no Starbucks for us, had to settle for the aroma.

    I am struck how we often settle for the aroma.

    I appreciate you pointing us back to the source (or as you said in the sermon…before the beginning was, the logos was with God), going beyond the aroma.

    I believe and agree with Paul’s encouragement to Timothy in 2 TIm 2:16 that all scripture is “God-breathed” but what I’m about to say next may seem odd at first reading…sometimes it seems we settle for the “text” (the Bible) when we could have the “Word” (the Christ). Again, I’m not saying the Bible is not important, and maybe it is being in the culture that I am in that highlights how important it is to have a direct line/relationship with “the” Christ and whatever we do with the Bible, it should lead/point/usher us to the Christ and not leave where we are, even if the aroma is pleasant.

    • avatar Tommy says:

      I like your comment here Stephen. Very interesting idea about “aromas,” as symbolic for things we sometimes substitute for Christ (as it strikes me, a dark roast blend). I really like what you have to say about scripture because, to me, the Word never changes, it is the ever present constant. Our understanding and interpretations and translations of said Word change through the course of time but never the Word Himself. Scripture is “God breathed,” a sweet aroma that leads us to Christ himself. Scripture is pleasant, as you said, because it leads us to Jesus; however, scripture is not the “end game,” but rather, a big part on a narrow road leading us to Christ-centeredness. Our understanding of scripture (aroma) can be faultable, because we are human, but being Christ (dark roast) centered in nonfaultable, because He is who said “I AM,” continually being made incarnate in our hearts: directing us, guiding us, loving us.

      • avatar Stephen Carman says:

        Thanks Tommy. I came across the following quote in a book I am reading that seems to be consistent with what you are describing; “[we are] standing on the side of man in the encounter with God, yet seek[ing] to interpret the Word of God which [we have] heard coming from the other side” (Niebuhr, 1951, p. 156).

        Our understanding and often interpretations are faulty for sure, but the Spirit of the Christ wants to do a good work in us. When we let that work happen, we understand and apply what we learn in ways that transform us and glorify God.

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