We communicate through all sorts of ways. A smile, scowl, hand gesture, ‘the look’, emoji, act of kindness are all ways that we can communicate to others. These help convey emotions like anger, joy or frustration but are limited. We use medium like Twitter, smartphone, Facebook, email, YouTube, texting, etc. to help us in passing on news and ideas to others. These medium have no power without the use of simple, basic words. The use of words is how we communicate with each other. Noun, verb, adverb, tense, etc. are how we fully express ourselves and relate to others.
The opening verses to the Gospel of John tell us about someone called the Word. We are told that from the very beginning the Word was with God and was God. Furthermore, all of creation came into being through this Word. If we want to know about God, then the Word is the noun, verb, adverb, tense, etc. expressing God’s nature to us and relationship with us. So who or what is this Word?
Well, even though we owe our very existence to the Word, we have rejected it. The law which Moses passed down we love to call and use as God’s Word to control and berate others. However, the Word is grace upon grace and truth. To the darkness of the world with its revenge, assassinations, violence and slavery, the Word is a light that shines of life and the darkness won’t extinguish it. Social media may be used to attack, degrade our humanity, demand perfection that is unattainable but belief (a gift from the Holy Spirit) in the name of the Word gives us the capacity to be declared children of God. Once again, who or what is this Word?
Well, words are used to communicate. The Word is God in the flesh come to be with us. The Word is God showing to us what humanity was created to be. The Word has come to be a light that exposes our darkness. The Word is what took our rejection and murderous cross so that we could know the grace upon grace that raises life out of death.
John the Baptist stood alongside the Jordan River and pointed out Jesus as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus is this Word that is the full expression of God to us. So if you want to know the truth of God’s nature, look to the words of the Gospel of John as they continue to point to Jesus.