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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Preparing for Christmas #12: The Word


   A dictionary is full of words.  What do you do with a word?  You can say it or write to tell about your thoughts. What part of your body says a word?  What part hears it?  What part of your body understands it?  Words are used for talking.  If I couldn't use any words, it would be hard for you to know what I wanted.  When babies are very small, they cry instead of talking because they haven't learned to speak yet.  Mom or Dad has to try to find out why the baby is upset, and sometimes it is not easy to figure it out.
   But God wants to be very clear to us, so he uses our words to tell us about himself; he does this in the Bible.
   The Bible says, “In the beginning was the Word...and the Word was God” (John 1:1).  “The Word” is another name for Jesus.  Jesus is the way God wants to talk to us and tell us how much he loves us.  He also tells us in the things he made, like the trees, rocks, sky, and animals, but his love is shown most clearly in the words Jesus said and the life that he lived.  The most important parts of Jesus' words and life are written down in the Bible.
   God sent Jesus to earth to speak to us, but are we listening?

“O Come All Ye Faithful”, verse 4
            Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
            Born this happy morning;
            Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
            Word of the Father,
            Now in flesh appearing;
            O come let us adore him (3x)
            Christ the Lord.

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