Sunday, I took an early morning walk through the new Christian Education building our church is raising.
Last Sunday we all gathered inside the freshly erected shell structure to adorn it with handwritten scripture which God had laid on the hearts of the members.
Last weeks exercise was an exhilarating experience. It was worship. It was celebration. It was dedication and commitment.
This walk-through Sunday was something different. The workmen hadn’t yet covered up the passages that were scribed throughout the structure, as they were busy this last week pulling electrical and setting up the infrastructure for drywall.
I was able to quietly, meander from room to room looking for, and at every verse, painstakingly written on any available surface.
Before I realized it a tear of joy had to be wiped from my cheek. Reading these Words of God.
Many things in our walk of faith with Jesus are intertwined. Our Faith in Him and His ability to wash away the sin from our lives, is threaded with the love, joy and peace that He instills in us with grace being applied to our lost condition. His spirit seals us forever as a child of God. Because we love Him, we are obedient to His commands.
Sunday morning I realized another connection in this chain of events which I had really understood but I came to understand that much more as I basked in the wonder of those scriptures etched on the new structure; If we love Jesus, we love His Word, because He is The Word!
In the beginning the Word already existed.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
…(14) 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 1:1-5, 14 (CSB)
Most will see these opening verses in the Gospel of John as familiar to us. We’ve read them many times and taken both comfort and amazement in the fact that Jesus, our redeemer is more than God personified, He is also the very verbalization of God’s Word; He IS The Word!
But it wasn’t till this morning that I saw the thread noted in the title of this devotional. Because of this, if we love Jesus, we will love The Word, because The Word is HIM!
Jesus didn’t become The Word when he took on flesh, He was The Word before the world and the universe in it were spoke into being, before this ‘space-time’ bubble was created in empty space so that we could physically seek Him spiritually as he sought to establish an eternal relationship with us. A relationship that transcends the physical boundaries we all have come to realize are inevitable, short of God’s intervention.
If we live in this world, we are destined to die in it as well. There is coming a day and an hour in which those who have been covered by His grace will be taken up in the clouds to meet their Lord and Master, but short of that, our physical bodies will die here.
But if He is Lord and Master today, then today there is no way we can not love His Word!
Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates, so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your fathers.
Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (CSB)
The enemy is eager to draw us away from The Word. The more he can distract us from The Word the more effectively he can dissuade us of our mission and purpose. As we are divided between our devotion to The Word and our guide the Holy Spirit the less effective, we are in our battle. The battle that is taking place in the heavenlies.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.
Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)
Our love affair with God’s Word should be profound and a basis on which we establish our eternal being. Everything that we see, smell, touch and see will one day fail and not be available to us there is only one thing that will endure throughout eternity, that is The Word!
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Matthew 24:35 (CSB)
The Word is full of only truth and purity. It can be that eternal foundation because God’s Word is true to God’s nature. Until we understand the connection between Jesus and Him being The Word, we don’t fully grasp just how much this means. The Word is full of truth and purity because it is comprised of the pure Lamb of God.
Every word of God is pure; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Don’t add to his words, or he will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
Proverbs 30:5-6 (CSB)
If we’ve not fallen in love with The Word, we haven’t fully embraced the Savior. For they are one in the same. Therein you’ll find the joy of “Loving the Book”.
In His Grace!