Read His Words Before Ours!
They have the power to carry or condemn.
To hearten or hurt.
“There is one who speaks rashly,
like a piercing sword;
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)
While we’ve all experienced the truth of this verse, when we look at Jesus, who Himself was called The Word, we wonder what kind of Word is He?
“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God…” (John 1:1-2)
What words did He choose to speak out loud?
What did He use His words for when He walked the earth?
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
We don’t have camera recordings from the ancient world. We can’t hear His voice inflections or see His physical face, but we do have eyewitness accounts of those who knew Him best. By the power of the Spirit of God, these eyewitnesses recorded His Words for generation to generation to hear and be given life until the Word comes again to bring us Home for eternity!
The impact of Jesus’ words are felt in the Wilderness as He confronts Satan’s temptations by pushing back with Scripture. Satan’s response to the Word of God? To give up his attack. (Matthew 4:1-11)
As Jesus encountered the fishermen, Peter and Andrew, His powerful invitation hung in the air, “Follow me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people.” (Matthew 4:19) Their response to God’s Word in the flesh? “Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.” (Matthew 4:20)
Jesus’ voice warns Peter he would deny Christ. (Luke 22:54-62) Though Peter’s response still ended in self-protection, Jesus’ tender love overwhelmed Peter with words Jesus knew would empower and equip him to give his life away in full surrender. (John 21:15-19)
Jesus’ words did not make Him a favorite of the Pharisees, the religious leaders of the day. Even so, His words pierced even these hearts, one of whom was Nicodemus.
Nicodemus approached Jesus “after hours”, in the dark of night so as not to be seen. Was this man truly Who His words claimed He was? (John 3:1-21)
Jesus made Himself available to anyone day or night.
Just as He is available to you.
His message remained the same, though His words were different, as He met each pair of eyes and unique story with His faithful, enduring love. He spoke value to the woman who married five times and then shared intimacy with a man not her husband. (John 4) He spoke life to a dead boy in a casket. (Luke 7:11-17) He spoke counter-cultural truth bound up with grace to the masses. (Matthew 5:1-12) The response? Revival. Wholeness. The fullness of life.
At His commanding word, creation itself listened and obeyed.
“He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39)
If He can control the winds and waves, rest assured He is present amid your challenges and chaos. You need only respond to His voice.
He spoke words of life over the elite and least, seeing each of them, loving them all.
“When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before Him.” (John 8:47)
Christ’s response to this woman, her shame, and her brokenness?
Words that drew her in as His own to be known, loved, welcomed.
“Daughter,” He said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.” (John 8:48)
Words were never pithy to the Savior, each one was intentional, well-aimed at pointing to deep, unfathomable love discovered in a relationship with Him. The same Christ who called the outcast “Daughter”, called His betrayer “friend”. (John 15:15)
Word of God made into human flesh.
Calls aloud to each of us, inviting our hearts to turn towards His enduring embrace. He tells believers we are His workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
He calls us His own, naming Himself as our Abba Father. (1 John 3:1, 2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
He longs for none to perish apart from a relationship with Him. (2 Peter 3:9)
The same Jesus who gave Judas, His betrayer, time to repent and be forgiven,
waits now for you.
He waits to call you Daughter.
Whose words are we listening to?
Those of the world or the melody God sings over those who trust Him with their full hearts? (Zephaniah 3:17)
We often listen to the voices of the world to determine our value,
but these tell us we are not enough.
Heed their lies no longer!
Whether you feel like the least, the elite, the hungry, content, or thirsty, Jesus’ words are ready to meet you exactly where you are.
He still has words for you.
Are you listening?
Will you take Him at His Word?
Embracing God’s fullness in our lives is rooted in scripture and memorizing His word is vital to our continued growth and depth with Jesus. Tap and hold from your mobile device to download this week’s verse and make it your phone’s lockscreen!