The Word “Word”

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 any thing 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.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

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.

John 1:1–14

It’s no secret that I like words. I read them. I write them. I speak them (maybe too often). I sing them. I pray them. I listen to them. (You get the idea.) And I imagine that—to at least some extent—you do too.

I remember an “aha” moment when I was in college. My degree had “Language Arts” somewhere in its title, and I was thinking about John 1. God chose to use the word Word to describe Himself. I grinned. The focus of my studies centered on words, and God certainly gives a lot of power to them.

In a small sense, we know how powerful words can be on a daily basis. Encouragement. Criticism. Direction. Expression. The pen is mightier than the sword, after all.

But God gives words even more power than that. When He created, He used His Word. When He wants His people to know of Him and His love, He uses His Word. When He creates faith, He uses the Word. When He saves you and me, He uses the Word—the Word made flesh, the Word present from the beginning before creation and present now with us still.

So shall My word be that goes out from My mouth; it shall not return to Me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Isaiah 55:11

In church, we hear the Word. We feel the Word in Baptism. We taste the Word in Communion. We hear and speak and sing and pray the Word. And we go out, speaking and reading and spreading the Word.

Here is my prayer for you this week. As you contemplate the mystery of Christmas, I pray that you contemplate the love of a God who desires you to know how much He loves you. He wrote His Word for you. He sent His Word to live and to die and to rise for you. I pray that you take the opportunity to hear, to listen to, the Word. And I pray God’s Word works in your life today and always.