When mankind was created, God spoke directly to his chosen. Among those were Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. After the Hebrews entered the promised land and began to go astray, he sent his Holy Spirit to speak through the prophets. But all of that was in the past. Through Isaiah the Holy Spirit prophesied that God would soon be doing something new, unlike anything he had done before.
“Forget the former things;Isaiah 43:18-19
do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.
The relationship between the Father and the Son has always been a difficult concept for me to grasp. Are they two different sides of the same coin? Do they share a mind and a will like different sides of a personality? Why does Jesus need to pray if he and God are one? Is this like a hive mind using separate bodies to accomplish one objective? I have read the gospel of John many times, but I don’t think I really understood what he meant until just recently.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.John 1:1-5
This passage always seemed so cryptic. As I continued to read from both the Old Testament and the New Testament it started to become more clear. God’s Word is found in the Bible, because he spoke through his servants, including the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles. He also spoke through Jesus as God did something new, He made his Word become flesh. Jesus is the living Word of God. Jesus Christ was every word God had ever spoken or ever would speak.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.Isaiah 55:10-11
When God refers to sending out his word, it is to provide spiritual nourishment that will help people grow. His word was meant to benefit those who directly received it, but also a blessing to those who will partake in it later. After accomplishing these things his word would return to him. This is Jesus, the Word in the flesh. When I thought about it this way, the relationship between the Father and the Son finally made sense.
The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.John 14:10-12
As I write this blog, my word is going out from me. These words are deeply meaningful to me, and I pray that God can use them to “water the earth” and help believers to grow. These words come from my heart so they are a part of me. But to accomplish their objective I must send these words out to be received by others. When I receive a comment from one of you I know my word was received, and so it returns to me. Yet, my words are not me completely. There are some thoughts I choose not to communicate, and reserve only for myself.
But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.Matthew 24:36
As human beings, words are the way we communicate our thoughts or feelings at any given moment. I rarely know the words I’m going to say before I speak them. Because of this lack of foresight, I can sometimes say things I don’t mean. There are times when I change my mind, which means my words and actions don’t always match. Still other times I may not speak the truth, either by mistake or by choice. I’m impulsive, changeable, fallible, and emotional. But God is different in every way.
God is not human, that he should lie,
not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?
Does he promise and not fulfill?Numbers 23:19
He is eternal and unchanging, and his Word is truth. His word never contradicts, whether it is spoken directly, spoken through the prophets, spoken as Jesus, or spoken through the apostles. His Word was there in the beginning and it will be there in the end. God’s word is used to create, to heal, to rescue, to establish his law, and to communicate his purpose. His word is alive!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Hebrews 4:12
It was Jesus’ routine to seek solitude for prayer. Because Jesus was the Word made flesh, he was susceptible to the same temptations we face today. As the Son of God and Son of Man, Jesus knew that maintaining an active connection with the Father gives us the power to resist temptation. Sin loses its power over us when we are connected to God, but our biggest problem is in remaining connected. This is how Jesus succeeded where we continue to fail.
Making his Word take physical form as his son was definitely doing something new! Jesus found us where we were, lost in the wilderness, and lead us to green pastures and flowing streams. Jesus leads us to the Father, and his sacrifice restores our connection with him. Jesus is the Word of life!