Saturday, December 4, 2021
The Word of Life
From the very first day, we were there, taking it all in–we heard it with our own ears, saw it with our own eyes, verified it with our own hands. The Word of Life appeared right before our eyes; we saw it happen! And now we’re telling you in most sober prose that what we witnessed was, incredibly this: The infinite Life of God himself took shape before us.
1 John 1:1-2
When I looked at the scripture selections for this Advent season, one caught my eye. Tucked away among the familiar and cherished passages from Isaiah, Matthew, and Luke was an unexpected treasure – a passage from John’s first epistle. With it, we get John’s cosmic sensibilities to go with the prophecies and angelic pronouncements – the Word of Life itself makes its appearance.
While Jesus was alive, the people knew Him as a man – a teacher, a healer, a prophet – life itself. After He died, He became something more – a reality, the reality of the risen Lord. They recognized that they were in the very presence of God. They heard Him, saw and touched Him. Overjoyed with this singular blessing, they couldn’t help themselves and had to share it with everyone.
Prophecy had become reality–Joy to the world! And we can experience this every day.
Jesus made the mystery of God plain to see. When someone asks me, ‘What is God like?’ I have an easy answer, ‘If you want to know what God is like, read the Gospels and follow what Jesus said, taught, and did. Follow his way and you’ll find God.’
Eternal God, help me to open up and empty out so there is more room for You inside. Fill me with Your Word and Your light so that I can be testimony to the joy and blessings of living in Your presence.