“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
There are 800,000 in the English language, 300,000 of which are technical terms. The average person knows about 10,000 words and uses 5,000 in everyday speech. An average journalist knows approximately 15,000 words and uses around 10,000 on a regular basis.
Sticks and stones can break your bones but words can never hurt you. We all recited that mantra as children to insulate ourselves from the powerful and negative effect words can sometimes have on us. Now older, most of us realize that words really are powerful. They can be a force for good or a force for evil. You can probably envision a passionate Martin Luther King, Jr. dreaming about the day when everyone would be “free at last.” You can probably also envision a staunch and determined Adolph Hitler proclaiming the coming of the Third Reich. Words can surely heal as well as hurt you.
In our passage today we have an important proclamation about Jesus: He is the Word. In Genesis we first see the Word in action as God Speaks the universe into existence. That’s a powerful Word right there. Just imagine, though, what God would say to you if He were speaking right now. He would say, “Jesus!” Jesus is the outpouring of God’s love to you. “Jesus” is how God says, “I love you.” It is exactly what God has always wanted to say to us.
If you were to have an intimate moment with God a few minutes from now, what words would you like to hear from Him? What is it that God could say that would most impact your soul right now? Christmas is an intimate connection between God and Man. It was on that cold night, in that cold stable that God said “I love you” to all Mankind. He sent His only Son, the Word of God, to earth that day.
Spend as many minutes as you can alone with God after you read these words. Imagine God is sitting in a comfy chair just across from you and let Him speak. Stay silent and let your thoughts dwell completely on God.
“Oh! lovely voices of the sky – Which hymned the Saviour’s birth, Are ye not singing still on high, Ye that sang, ‘Peace on earth’?” ~Felicia Hemans