There are too many of them flying around the atmosphere today ….. words. They fill up our air space, bookshelves, cyber highway, even our own minds.Yet I have to confess, I love words. They are the vehicles for the expression of our inner heart and spirit. They reach across the lonely space between each one of us to voice our commonality, to make the connection which lights up the eyes and says, “You know! You understand!”
The ultimate communication from God to man came in the form of a Word. “In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God’s presence, and what God was, the Word was.” (John 1:1 Revised English Bible) John is not writing about speech but rather about a person, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. This is the Word voiced without time constraints, always speaking, always heard, uttered into the future.
“The Word was in God’s presence, and what God was, the Word was.” (John 1:1) This Word, this perfect expression of what God is like, was spoken into the world at a specific time for a specific purpose. “So the Word became flesh; He made His home among us, and we saw His glory, such glory as befits the Father‘s only Son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14) How the immensity expressed in the small, three-letter word God, is contained within another small, three-letter word, man, is the mystery of the incarnation.
My love of words and writing often has me searching for just the right one to express my thoughts. My desk holds a dictionary and thesaurus which give all the meanings and nuances of thousands of words. Finding the perfect word for my purpose is a satisfying accomplishment. God found just the right Word on the first Christmas. To convey His love for mankind He knew He needed to speak into their lives in a way they could understand and relate to. So He placed His most precious Word, His own son, into the body of a helpless baby. From a human womb, the Word was birthed to live among us, fully man and fully God.
This Word wasn’t vague or indecipherable. He spoke truth and hope into darkened hearts, healed broken bodies and spirits, cut through hypocrisy and legalism. He walked dusty roads and broke bread with His friends. The depth of His humanity is found in the shortest verse in the scriptures, “Jesus wept.” (John 11:35) We can’t know what He experienced as God, but as a man He knew sorrow and compassion, expressed with human tears. “He made His home among us.” The Word made intimate.
The enemy presumed the Word was silenced when Jesus died on the cross of Calvary. But it was the ultimate shout of victory because He rose again to offer forgiveness and new life to all who believed His Word. Now Jesus resides in hearts open to the truth of who He is, and communicates the definition of the Word – LOVE.
Love came down at Christmas,
Love all lovely, love divine;
Love was born at Christmas,
Star and angels gave the sign.
Christina Rossetti 1885