For many people when they think about the term “the Word” they are thinking about the Word of God that is the Bible. So many times, in our worship services, we hear the Pastor or Priest say,
“We will now take the opportunity to hear from the Word of God”. Or we may also hear statements such as “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than a two-edged sword, piercing to bone and marrow, and decerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart”. Or again, we may hear or sing these words from a famous song, “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. Yes, God’s Word can surely be considered as the very voice of God in written/printed form.
Yet, there is a very important aspect of the term the “Word” which we must realize. This form or meaning directly relates to the one whom the whole written Word of God centers around. The Gospel writer John tells us in 1:1-5, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”. We also read in verse 14 of the same chapter of John this message, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth”.
Jesus, God’s Son, and our Savior is the true Word, who did come in the flesh. Apart from Him the only word which exists for any of us sinful human beings is death. But we know with great confidence that in Him we can experience what the words hope, joy, life, and salvation signify. There are no sweeter words to think about then these. And thanks be to God they come to us in the person who is the ultimate WORD!!!!!!!!! Pastor McCarty