The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning.
3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Here at Chapel Hill UMC we have just recently started a new Bible study class that I’m leading from my study. We hadn’t really nailed down any specific direction to go in the study yet and so today I was thinking about what to do when the opening verses of John came to me and I looked around my office and noticed the Pocket Testament’s that are laying around and it became clear that John is where we should begin. So for any of you who may happen upon this entry before tonight and are attending the Bible Study, you’ll now have a leg up on everyone else by knowing what we will be studying!
You know when we read the scriptures from the Pulpit we usually end by saying “This is the word of God for the people of God.” I believe that the Bible contains the word of God, I have no trouble or issues with that statement after reading scripture, but – (I bet you could feel that conjunction coming couldn’t you) I think think there is much more to God’s word than what is printed between the leather covers of our most sacred book.
What is the opening words of the gospel of John talking about? It’s certainly not talking about a book of any kind, I think most Christians would recognize right away that the Word is in fact Christ. So we have the written word in the Holy Bible, we have the Word which is Jesus AND – – we can have the Word of God in us! That’s right, the Word of God can also come from our own lips as it emanates from our hearts. When God created man, he made us in His image, yes we fell away through sin, but Jesus Christ is all about getting back to that thing that we lost when we left the Garden of Eden. That divine spark is still accessible to us through acceptance of God’s Son as our Lord and Savior.
Have you ever heard the saying, You may be the only Bible some people ever read? We should always be aware of the power of God’s word within us. It is powerful enough to speak all of creation into existence, powerful enough to heal the sick, raise the dead and change lives.
Prayer: Loving Father,
Thank you for your Word which is alive and powerful. Thank you for the power of your word in the Holy Bible, in your Son Jesus Christ and in Your Spirit which resides within our hearts. Help us all to recognize the powerful Word that can change lives and use it to do just that.