God has spoken to us “in many and various ways” (Heb 1:1). He speaks to us in the wonders of creation; for he made all the universe through his eternal Word On 1:3). He speaks to us in the written story of creation and salvation that we find in the Bible – in the law, prophets, Gospel, and Apostles.
Yet all these various strains harmonize perfectly in the person of the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God communicated himself completely. Yet even then he spoke to us in words. Jesus spoke, preached, counseled, taught, and prayed aloud. He asked questions. He told stories. He even traced words in the sand. He did all of this for our sake, because words are a normal human thing. Nevertheless, his words are extraordinary, because they are revelatory. They are human words that reveal the eternal Word of God. They are the Word of God in the words of men and women and children.
In the Bible, we encounter not a dead letter, but a person: the “Word of God … living and active” (Heb 4:12). This is not a word we can manipulate or spin to suit our whims. It is Jesus Christ, who comes with a fearsome power over all the elements, over life and death. “His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems … He is clad in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God” (Rev 19:12-13).
He has come into our lives with that power, as our teacher, savior, brother, God. Let us welcome the Word of God, then, in the very words of God.