Our Savior, the Saving Word

We are people of substitutes. When we are given a choice, we will choose. We are people of choice, of alternates, of “better.” We want what we think is best - a moving target that always changes - and we have a hard time resting and being content with what has been given to us. We want to choose our own path, forge our own way. We run - oftentimes, on empty - with all our might and power, to capture what we want and feel that we need.

However, God sees things differently. He invites us to come to Him, where He will give us all that we need. He invites us to walk in His ways, where we will find a tried and true path for our lives, with a faithful Shepherd who will lead us and guide us into everything that is true. He invites us to run with His plan, to trust in His thoughts and His ways. He invites us to trust in His purposes: a place where our own purpose is hidden in and securely dwells. He invites us to come and drink, to come and dine, to come and listen. He invites us into loving covenant with Himself. 

As we move toward maturity, as Pastor Phil discussed this past Sunday, the basic movement is summarized in our reintegration into covenant relationship with the Lord. God has made a covenant with us, His people: that He will lovingly rescue His people, preserve His people, and restore His people. God is looking for us to turn back to Him - forsaking our own way - that we may walk in the way of loving surrender to the Lord, the way of relationship with Him. 

What is the primary way that we do this? We listen to and receive the Word of the Lord. We have to move toward God and actually listen to Him, actually take in His Words - and then, His Words do all the rest. The Lord speaks, through the prophet Isaiah:

“‘Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy, and eat! …. 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 55:1, 10-11 NIV). 

When we move toward God and feast on His Word - when we choose to prioritize the reading of Scripture - when we don’t primarily substitute the reading of Scripture with other spiritual things (devotionals, etc.) - the living and active Word of God (Hebrews 4:12) accomplishes its purpose of binding us to the heart of the Lord, of satisfying us, of restoring us, and of making us more like Christ. 

Jesus is the Word of the Lord made flesh. Every word spoken by the Father, in the entire canon of Scripture, equals Jesus. As Paul says in Romans, “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ,” (Romans 10:17 NIV). We have to receive the Word of the Lord, which is Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. All of God’s Words point us to Jesus. In another way of speech, when God speaks, He speaks Jesus. 

Jesus is the Word of the Lord, made Flesh (John 1:14). We are told that, “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.” So, to be close to the Word of God and to the words of Scripture means to be close to Jesus. 

May we remain hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3). May we stay living in the Word of God: in the Holy Scriptures and in relationship with Jesus - our Savior - the Saving Word of the Lord.

by Kaitlyn Faraghan
Kaitlyn leads worship at our Cherry Hill location. She is passionate about writing and recording music, and has been a part of numerous recording projects; she has released one album and is now working on her second album! In her spare time, you will find her scouting out the best coffee and donuts in South Jersey and the Greater Philadelphia area.


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