Here is my recollection of a conversation I overheard the other day, “I think we are living in the most insane period of human history!” said a guy, his companion said “word” No matter what side of the fence you are on, this statement had some accuracy to it because this IS an insane period in history, especially American history. Whether or not it is the epitome of insanity can definitely be debated. The response from the above individual was one in agreement to the others statement. As the Urban dictionary puts it, Word means; well said, in agreement or can even be used as a greeting.
A word is one or more letters or symbols that function as a principal carrier of meaning. A word can be written or spoken, seen or heard. I heard a question asked the other day, “do words have meaning?” I guess my response would be, “I don’t understand what you said” Of course words have meaning, if they did not, you could not communicate a thought or idea. It shows how mindless our society has become when someone can use words to debate the fact that words have no meaning. I see what the gentleman meant when he said we were living in the most insane period of human history. Words can, however, have more than one meaning and can be totally unrelated. In the English language we call this a homonym. For instance cricket, it could be an insect or it could be a game played with a bat and ball. Words are the tool we use to label COVID-19, diagnose the problem and come up with a vaccine. Words are what we use to divide our neighbors, country and nations and words will be what will be used to heal them, if that is to ever take place.
The major consensus is the earliest know writing system was Sumerian cuneiform between 3500 and 3400 BC. Interestingly, this was in the area of Mesopotamia and the region of area believed to be the general location of the Garden of Eden. This also fits the time frame for Biblical history but is another debate for another day. This was the beginning of using shapes and symbols to form a method of communication. Communication is a vital part of life and society. It is how we exchange information and ideas. It is how we impart needs and feeling. To most people, a word is tool that is used everyday in almost every aspect of life, but let me introduce you to the possibility that a word is not a collection of letters or symbols but an entity, a person and to be exact, God.
Stick with me for a minute if you are not familiar with the Bible or you are from a different religion and are in disagreement already. God is more than you and I can ever imagine. Would you ever follow, believe in or worship a god you could understand? If you could, I contend he could not be God. We will not comprehend the totality of who He is until we see Him face to face. And we WILL all see Him face to face. Whether we are a Believer, non believer, atheist or agnostic. The day will come when we will all stand before the creator of the cosmos and give an account of our lives. For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written:“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me;every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Romans 14:11-12
The God of the Bible has many characteristics and attributes and during Jesus’ time here on earth He made statements to describe who he is. These statements are found in my favorite book of the Bible, The Gospel of John.
- ‘Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. ‘ John 6:35 Many time, before and after His resurrection, Jesus fed those around him. Clearly Jesus can create food, but is telling us that He is the nourishment our bodies truly crave and what sustains us in this life and the life to come.
- ‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” ‘ John 8:12 Not only did God provide the sun as the light that is required for our life, He is the light that lights our path so we can see clearly, not only with our eyes, but with our heart and soul.
- ‘I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ‘ John 10:9-10 To live a full life is the desire of most people I know. It is engrained in each and every one of us in the form of our spirit knowing, ” there must be more to life”. Only Jesus will fulfill this desire for more when you humble yourself and walk through the gate.
- ‘ “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. ‘ John 10:11 There is only one person who has laid down their life as a blanket statement for all of humanity. The shepard gaurds the flock both night and day, leads them to green pastures for nourishment and to still waters for refreshment taking care of all there needs.
- ‘Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; ‘ John 11:25 Jesus was the life on this side of heaven and Jesus is the life on the other side of heaven. If you desire to have life on either side, it will come from Jesus.
- ‘Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. ‘ John 14:6 This is an exclusive statement many people will not accept because it excludes options. Truth by definition is exclusive. If there were 25 ways, you would want 26. I am just glad there is a way.
- ‘ “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. ‘ John 15:1-2 We were made for community. Jesus is the community we are made to be a part of. To be fully alive is to be grafted into him by accepting Jesus as Lord. When we are, our lifes will bear the fruit we were intended to bare, the Fruits of the Spirit.
Of the”I am” statements Jesus used to describe himself, there is one more that sticks out to me. One that God used himself when Moses asked God if the Isrealites asked him who sent him, Abraham should answer “I Am”. ‘God said to Moses, “ I am who I am . This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘ I am has sent me to you.’ ” ‘ Exodus 3:14 Jesus used the same term when the Jews questioned him about his age. ‘ “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” ‘ John 8:58 The I AM statement used to refer to God appears over 300 times in the Bible. I AM refers to a characteristic only God has, that of being self-existent. He has always been and will always be. God loves you and desires for you to know Him. The ways he makes himself known to us is through His Creation, His Son, His Spirit and His Word and they all come together in the Gospel of John, Chapter 1 verse 1. ‘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. ‘ John 1:1-3 So no matter if you are looking at a beautiful sunset, a moutain range, a cloudless starry night, or are reading His written word or praying, God is speaking to you. By His Word you were created. By His Word you are saved. By His Word you grow and by His Word you are sustained. So do words have meaning? Of course they do. They created and allow the continuance of the very existance of life itself. Word.
‘In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. ‘ John 1:4 ‘But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.’ John 20:31John