Monday 18th May
The bible talks a lot about the ‘word’ of God, in the Old Testament in particular the word often has very explicit descriptions. Jeremiah say the word is like a fire and like a hammer that breaks rocks into pieces. The psalmist describes the word like silver refined in the fire and as a lamp and a light for the path. More importantly in various places the word is described as bringing life and truth and in his temptation in the wilderness Jesus reminds Satan that it is the word that sustains not bread!

“… man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” Deuteronomy 8:3

The New Testament also talks about the ‘word’. It variously describes it as a two edged sword, the sword of the Spirit, pure spiritual milk, power to create the universe, and life. However amongst the most powerful picture is in John’s Gospel where he equates the word with Jesus. It is a reading we often hear at Christmas but in the prologue to the Gospel, John sets out the reality that everything about the word is about Jesus:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. “

As Christians we have the spirit of Jesus within us and it is easy to forget that his word brings life and power to the church. It is also means that same life and power is available to each of us as we live out our daily lives. We learn more about the living word by reading the scriptures and learning more about God and his love for his creation. The scriptures themselves reveal the character of God and help us to discern how to live our lives. In this period of crisis why not spend some time reading the bible and rediscover the Word of God revealed in scripture.

As we start a new week remember those who caring for those with Coronavirus, pray for doctors, nurses and those in the care industry who each day find themselves on the frontline. Pray too for research scientists and pharmaceutical companies who are trying to discover a vaccine and a way to protect us all.

O God, whose word burns like a fire within us:
grant us a bold and faithful spirit,
so that, in your strength, we may be
unafraid to speak your word
and follow where you lead;
through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.