John tells us that “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). This pre-existent Word of God was part of the very creation of the world, and brought both life and light into our midst. Best of all, “the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).
The Word of God became human in Jesus Christ and lived among us, so that we could see the perfect grace and truth of God at work in human life. In Jesus, God’s Word is not only 66 books spread out over a thousand-plus pages; it is also a living, breathing, loving, forgiving, healing, teaching, leading, guiding, correcting, consoling, challenging, and comforting human being.
Jesus is not a Word we just sit down and read. Instead, He is a Word we watch and hear and imitate and follow. Someone once said that they would rather see a sermon than hear a sermon. Would others see Jesus in us?
Prayer: Father, help us to live and demonstrate the love of Jesus. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell,
Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.