The Word Points the Way
by Judy Webb
Growing up, my cousins were my best friends. We spent a lot of time together at sleepovers, going to the movies, family picnics at our grandma and grandpa’s and celebrating the holidays as family. I wonder what the relationship was between John (the Baptizer) and cousin Jesus. Did they play together as young boys? Did they really get to know each other and enjoy spending time with each other? Did they wrestle, or have a spat or two? Or did they already know what their mission in life was to be?
The Holy Spirit was active in both these young boys, so perhaps there was a knowing inside each of them. If so, can you imagine the private conversations these two may have shared, the special words they used to prepare each other for what lies ahead?
"For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17)
One commentary explains: The Old Testament prophets cried aloud to show people their sins; New Testament prophets cried aloud to show people their Savior.
As a writer, I love words and I try to put down words which make sense to others. I use words to make a point, to encourage a reader, teach a truth or inspire a heart to want more. John 1 is all about the Word. If we go back to John 1:14 we read about this Word: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." We know this Word is Jesus. John’s work on earth was to tell everyone about the Word, and to prepare them to repent and walk in the Light of Jesus.
We are encouraged to open and read our Bibles every day. This Bible, the Word of God, is the way we learn just how to act and the value of prayer and praise. There is no better WORD to cling to in trouble and peace.
Thank you for the Word. The one true place we can turn to for direction and for hope.
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."