A. W. Pink in his excellent commentary on the Gospel of John (which you can buy for .99 for the Kindle! [Seriously. Go buy it now!]) points out how Christ as the Word and John as the Voice seamlessly express the message and magnificence of Christ in four ways:
- “The word exists (in the mind) before the voice articulates it.” – Christ existed from eternity past, before John the Baptizer arrived to prepare the way for Christ.
- “The voice is simply the vehicle or medium by which the word is expressed or made known.” – John the Baptizer wasn’t preaching about himself or proclaiming his glories, he was preparing the way for the Son of all glory.
- “The voice is simply heard and not seen.” – “He must increase,” said John, “and I must decrease.”
- “The word endures after the voice is silent.” – John was executed by Herod. His voice is silent now. He accomplished his mission. Christ as the Eternal Word endures forever. He is, he was, he is to come.