Drawing Near To the Living Word
Coffee With God: 4/11/2023 | Luke 24:27/32
“And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself… They said to each other, ‘Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?’”
The Christian life is rooted squarely in a person. Jesus is our Lord, Messiah, King, High Priest, Prophet, Passover Lamb, and much more.
While nearly 200 names and titles exist for Jesus in the Bible, none is more important than this one: the Word Made Flesh.
The Bible is crystal clear that the Word of God, which existed in the beginning and was an integral part of creating all things, became incarnate in the womb of a virgin and was born into the world in the same way you and I were born (John 1:1-14/Colossians 1:15-17).
While there are many facets of this truth, one is the focus of today’s post: Jesus is the Living Word (the Word made flesh), and the entirety of the Written Word testifies of him.
Did you know that our hope is not rooted in something that came into existence 2,000 years ago? No, our hope is rooted in precisely the same Word that the prophets of old believed. It’s rooted in the same word that Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Noah, Seth, Moses and Joshua believed. The entire Written Word testifies to the living Word, and there is not a single degree of separation between the two.
Does the Bible say that the Written Word contains all of who God is? No. It says that everything we need to live truly and to truly live has been given to us in our knowledge of the Son (1 Peter 1:3). And Jesus himself said that the Scriptures are a living witness that testifies of him.
Everywhere you turn in Scripture, Jesus is there, present in the entire story: from the very first words to the last “amen.” And the most amazing thing about the interconnectedness of the Written and the Living Word is that encountering one can be equivalent to encountering the other.
Every time you open your Bible – the Written Word – you can encounter the Living Word. It’s that simple. When did you last think of that as you opened your Bible? Do you ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Living, Written Word every time you open it? Do you see Bible reading as a personal, intentional drawing near to God?
The Living Word said regarding the Scriptures: “They testify of me.” May we encounter Him in every word.