Jesus Is My Word
In my heady days of high school, that was an affirmation of someone's comment. (“I am so glad that test is over with!” “Word.”) Many or few words make up a sentence. You can either trust someone's word or not. Some people are wordy, while others have trouble finding the right one.
And then there's Jesus. The best word (or Word!) of all!
As I type this, I have Sara Groves' song “The Word” going through my head. It encompasses so much of what Jesus is: “The old Word is the new Word;” “Neither death nor life nor present nor future nor depth nor height can keep us from the love of Christ;” “The Word was, the Word is, and the Word will be.”
The book of John begins by saying Jesus is “the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
But I like how Sara starts the song, specifically in the third and following lines:
“Well I intend to help myself
My Bible sits upon the shelf
With every promise I could ever need.”
How human is that? Sure, I can do it! I'll get to it. I have the strength within myself—no problem. I can do it.
But where is our Bible, in which we find all we need? On the shelf. Where is the Word?
It is only through study of the Word that we gain an understanding through the Spirit of what Jesus is really all about.
Faith is a gift (Ephesians 2:8), and “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). Athletes don't get better unless they practice; no one wants to sit at a concert where the musicians haven't practiced. How else do we know our Lord and God and what he wants for us than reading the Bible?
Sara Groves says later in her song:
“People are getting fit for truth like they're buying a new tailored suit.
Does it fit across the shoulders? Will it fit when it gets older?
We throw ideas that aren't in style in the Salvation Army pile in search for something more to meet our needs.”
We can't pick and choose what we like out of the Bible; that's the adding to and subtracting from that we are warned against (Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18-19). The Word is the truth, and God is the Word (John 1:1), and we can depend on it to be completely and unerringly truthful.
Human wisdom is rubbish (1 Corinthians 1:25), and just like trying to rely on our own strength, we need to depend on the promises that God has given us. He is our wisdom, our strength, our comfort—our Word. He is perfect, so rest in Him!
See You In The Round!