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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

“The Heavens Torn Apart”

Ps. 29:5-11

This Sunday we will be observing the Baptism of the Lord.  As Mark describes the event, the heavens are torn apart (Mark 1:10).  The voice of God thunders from heaven proclaiming the fact that Jesus is his beloved Son.

To truly be able to understand this event we need to consider the reality of the Word of God.  God’s voice is of course his Word.  Yet Jesus is also the Word (John 1:1-14; Rev. 19:13).  The Word of God is what alone gives us access to God.  Apart from God speaking to us in his Word we would have no knowledge of him.  For that matter, as John Calvin says we have no real knowledge of ourselves apart from that Word.

God’s Word is living and active revealing the thoughts and intents of our hearts (Heb. 4:12).  That Word is creative.  God speaks the world into existence (Gen. 1:3).  God’s Word does far more than communicate information.  His Word transforms.

God’s Word changed Abraham and all the prophets.  The phrase, “Thus says the Lord” rings throughout scripture.  That Word brings hope, healing, forgiveness and salvation.  We can say that scripture is the Word of God in written form.  The Bible is not only a collection of sayings or instructions.  It certainly includes all literary forms.  Yet the Word of God is singular.  There is finally only one Word.  That Word is Jesus Christ.  Apart from him a veil hangs over the Word of God (II Cor. 3:14).

We need to read God’s Word, to study it and believe it.  That Word flashes forth fire.  It shakes the wilderness and causes the oaks to whirl.  It is no surprise that when dictators and tyrants come to power the first thing they want to eliminate is God’s Word.  Yet the authority of scripture is nothing less than the authority of Christ himself.  It is only as we seek to follow him that we can fully experience the power of God’s Word.

Gracious and loving God I praise you for the power of your Word in Jesus Christ.  May I seek to know and understand that Word more and more.  I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.