Wednesday, August 19, 2009
The Word and words
Words. I love them. Individually they are interesting enough but combined in just the right way they come to life. For those of us who love to read there is nothing more enjoyable than a well written book. Words strung together in such a way that we are held captive - taken to another time and place. Words written from a heart that we somehow know, that bring us to a place of deeper understanding.
For those of us who love to write, words are the means by which we seek to communicate something of what we are, something of what we hold dear. The discovery of that perfect combination of words is exhilarating.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is described as the Word:
"In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God...
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The Greek word for "word" is logos. The footnote in my Bible says: "Revelation is the keynote idea in the logos concept. Here it is applied to Jesus, who is all that God is and the expression of Him."
The Bible is comprised of many words written through divine inspiration that tell us who God is. When Jesus came, He had no need to write down what He wanted us to know about the Father and His Kingdom. He lived it. He, God's perfect Son, was a living, breathing epistle of Who God is. The life He lived on this earth was a perfect reflection of the Father.
Are we longing to know who God is? We have but to look at His Son. For all of our trying to find just the right words in our writing, we can never begin to match the eloquence of this perfect life.