by Tricia Hitchcock
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Words. They are everywhere. We wait for our children’s first words. We use them to measure someone’s education. We hear them EVERYWHERE. We even make new ones all the time (just compare a new dictionary to an historical one)! We treasure the last words we heard from a loved one that passed. Words are a part of most of our interactions. They carry information. They carry emotion. Words hurt. Words heal. Words surround us.
And yet, how many times have we said or heard someone say, “If only God would speak to me…”
But Hebrews 1 tells us that God HAS spoken. “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.” (Hebrews 1:1-4)
So if we want to know what God has to say – about us, about Himself, about the world – we need to study and listen to what Jesus said and what Jesus did and who Jesus was. And we can trust that what we learn from Him truly is what God has to say. He was there with God from the beginning. He was God from the beginning. Though we cannot fully understand everything about God and His ways, God promises that His Spirit will guide us to all truth (John 16:13) and will even intercede for us when we don’t know how to pray (Romans 8:26).
In the midst of this crazy, noisy, word-filled world, that can be loud and scary and confusing, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and “hear” what God has to say through Him, God’s final Word.