Apostle John begins his gospel with this:
“In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”
The ‘Word’ here is the Greek word ‘Logos’ which in Greek carries the meaning of the principle of divine reason and creative order. However, in John, Logos is not just a power or an attribute of God. Rather, Logos is actually another entity besides God the Father who incarnated in the human person of Jesus Christ. So, this is an amazing picture of the truth of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God, who was there from the beginning, and who was the agent of all creation.
To the Israelites who were familiar with Old Testament writings, this might have brought to their mind the picture of the personified Wisdom in the writings of King Solomon in the book of Proverbs. In chapter 8 verses 22 to 31 especially, Solomon pictured Wisdom in a very elevated way: that God possessed her at the beginning of His work, that she was beside God as God created everything, and that she was a glad witness of God’s amazing creative work. By giving us this picture, Solomon wants us to appreciate the grandeur and the supremacy of Wisdom in such a way that we want to pursue her.
For us, though, who live in this side of history, we know that Jesus is the full embodiment of God’s wisdom. So, for us to pursue Wisdom means we pursue Jesus because He is the only Way, the Truth, and the Life. And the great news is that Jesus promises us whatever Lady Wisdom promised in Proverbs to those who listen to her, and more.