Posts Tagged ‘the message’

in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, God is present a speaking the creation existence. God speaks the word and it happens: heaven and earth, ocean and streams, trees and grass, birds and fish, animals and humans. everything seen and unseen, called into being by Gods spoken word.

In deliberate parallel to the opening word Genesis, John presents God as speaking Salvation into existence. this time Gods word takes on human form and enters history as the person of Jesus. Jesus speaks the word and it happens: forgiveness and judgement, healing and illumination, mercy and grace, joy and love, freedom and resurrection. everything broken and fallen, sinful and diseased, called into salvation by God’s spoken word.

For, somewhere along the line things went wrong and are in desperate need of fixing. the fixing it is all accomplished by speaking – God speaking Salvation into being in the person of Jesus. Jesus, in this account, not only speak the word of God; he is the word of God.

Keeping company with these words, we begin to realize that are words are more important than we ever supposed. saying “I believe”, for instance marks the difference between life and death. Our words accrue dignity and gravity in conversations with Jesus. for Jesus doesn’t impose Salvation as a solution; he narrates Salvation into being through leisurely conversation, intimate personal relationships, compassionate responses, passionate prayer, and – putting it all together – a sacrificial death. we don’t casually walk away from words like that

-eugene h peterson