Teaching Tuesday

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning” (John 1:1-2).

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14a).

I love this:  The Word.

Not “words,” but THE Word.  What a difference.  Again, I am turning to the NIV notes for further enlightenment.  They inform me that Greeks used the term “Word” to refer not only to the spoken word but also to the unspoken word, the word still in the mind — the reason.  When they applied it to the universe, they meant the rational principle that governs all things.  Jews, however, used it as a way of referring to God.

To me, they were both talking about the same entity:  The “rational principle that governs all things” IS God.

And this Word that IS the Great “I Am” became a man and shared his thoughts with those around him.  “The Word became flesh.”  Wow!  How it blows my mind to entertain the idea of the abstract actually transforming into the concrete!

Did they comprehend when “The Word” Himself said, “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.”  John goes on to quote Jesus further:  “So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say” (John 12:44 & 49)?

Did they understand when He warned them, according to Luke 21:17, “All men will hate you because of me”?

Did they know what He meant when He told them, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” (Mark 13:31)?

Were they astonished when He was so bold as to call the teachers of the law “hypocrites” and “whitewashed tombs” and “snakes” and “brood of vipers” (Matthew, Chapter 23)?

(I can only imagine what the “word on the street” was after that episode:  Something like, “Word” to the Pharisees).

And then, from the lips of “THE WORD”:  ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Jesus was busy on Tuesday.  He had a lot to say.  He shared many words.  He shared THE Word.  He shared Himself.  The words of Jesus ARE Jesus, for He IS The Word.  The Word of God in the flesh.  Amazing!

“Word” to all of us:

“He who has ears, let him hear” (Matthew 11:15). 


About Jan Hamlett

Exploring faith outside the safety of Sunday
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One Response to Teaching Tuesday

  1. Kathy Horan says:

    Good words about The Word, Jan. Thanks for your post.

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