Advent 2005 devotional: Jesus Christ is the Word - Word&Way

Advent 2005 devotional: Jesus Christ is the Word

November 28, John 1:1-4

By Bob Cox, Illmo Baptist Church, Scott City

For most of my life, I have dealt specifically with words. In addition to the obvious, such as learning to read, I was regularly a participant in "spBob Coxelling bees." Success in those contests has kept me fascinated with the spelling and definitions of words.

As an adult, I have worked with the truth of words, the artistry of words and the power of words. As a teacher of the printing trade, I urged students to use words carefully and to reproduce words faithfully. We used words in design and to attract the attention of and to inform the public, but clung to the truth of the message. Words attract, inform and persuade.

In my early years, I met the Word, Jesus, and words took on a greater meaning. The knowledge that the Word possesses the truth and beauty and power that reach beyond mortal words is overwhelming. Faith in the Word gives us a clearer understanding of God's will for our lives. Beyond knowledge and understanding, the Word provides light into the unknown and salvation from our sins. The acceptance of Jesus Christ into our hearts gives us security after our bodies quit functioning and provides a comforting peace before that time comes. Knowing that "the Word was with God, and the Word was God" makes this life a more pleasant journey. Have faith in Jesus. He is the last Word. "In Him was life; and the life was the light of men."