The King is Born - Matthew 1, 2; Luke 1, 2; John 1.
What if one word could change your life? We have all seen those posters with inspirational words on them: ENCOURAGE, TEAMWORK, BELIEVE, SUCCESS, HOPE, LOVE, DREAM, FAMILY, FAITH, IMAGINE, etc.
In 1999, Three business men wrote a book called, "One Word That Could Change Your Life." The idea is that you pick a word to drive your life for the year... like a theme. No endless list of goals and objectives, no meetings or itineraries... just one word.
In John 1:1-18, we read about the word. It is logos in Koine Greek of the New Testament. Logos is the root from which the word English word, logic is derived. It only makes sense that real logic comes from heaven. Jesus is real wisdom not "hollow words and deceptive and empty philosophy" (CL 2:8)
John reveals that this word was with God in the beginning. How meaningful it must of been for the Hebrew men and women to hear John echoing the words from Genesis 1:1 when he says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind." God created life with his spoken word. John connects that theme in that fact in Jesus was the life that brings light to all mankind.
When Jesus came, it had been over 400 years since a spoken word had come from God through the prophets. There were those who were hungry and waiting for the Word of God. The Word, Jesus, was better than that the prophets shared... Jesus was the word in the flesh (JN 1:14).
Not everyone accepted the Word. Busy little town of Bethlehem found little room for a pregnant woman about to give birth. King Herod was not excited when he heard that the Word was to be born, "King of the Jews." And all of Jerusalem was troubled with him.
"The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him". (JN 1:9-11)
There are many people today who have no room in their lives for Jesus. Like a customer in the restaurant telling the waitress they are too full for dessert, they tell others, "NO GOD, I have no room for that in my life." But Psalm 14:1 and 53:1 both say, "The fool in his heart says there is no God."
Jesus is the word that changes lives. The Magi were so excited about the Word that they traveled a long distance to see him. The shepherds received news about the Word from angels and when they found him they could not contain their joy and went sharing the Word with all who they could find. The New Testament is filled with people who were changed when they encountered and accepted the living Word, Jesus Christ.
And the Word continues to change lives today. There are many people who are living by faith in the Word. They are excited about what he is doing and they are sharing the Word with others.
"Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God." (JN 1:12-13)
I am a life that was changed by the Word. Jesus has given me meaning a purpose. He has helped me to accomplish things in my life and overcome obstacles that would stop others in the tracks. My favorite passage is 1 John 3:1 where it says, "Behold what manner of love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!..." God has made me his child and lavished his love on me! I love that word "lavished". Grace is God lavishing his love on me even when I don't deserve it.
The truth of the matter is there is only one word that can really change your life. All those other words are pointless and meaningless without Jesus. I want to invite you to be lavished in God's love and grace today. It's time for you to accept the Word that will give light and life to your life.
Prayer Thought: Dear Father, Thank you for the Word that gives light and life. Thank you for the love that you lavish on me everyday because of the Word, Jesus Christ. It is in his name that I pray to you today. Amen.