“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.”
John 1:4 (MSG)
What separates Christianity from all the major religions of the world? John tells us in His simple and profound little Gospel. If you’ve never read it, it’s an ideal place to start exploring the Bible. From the very first verses, John distinguishes Christianity from other world religions, setting it apart as personal and dynamic! In verse one he says, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John is laying it out simply and directly: If you are wondering who Jesus is, look no further. John uses the term, “the Word” as a clear reference to Jesus Christ. Jesus was with God the Father at the creation of the world, and he is God Himself! In other words, the Word is a person! Jesus is the Word. The message – the gospel – is the person of Jesus. For all the words and sermons and Bible studies we absorb, for all the theology we argue, for all the Christian books we read, it’s actually pretty simple. The gospel message is not about millions of words and sermons and books. The message is about one life. One person. The life and person of Jesus Christ! He is the Word, the Living Word! Let that settle in for a minute. It will radically change the way you read the Bible. No longer will you read it just to know the Bible better. You’ll read it to know Jesus Christ better. We study the Scriptures not to increase our biblical knowledge but to grow closer to Christ. I love the way the Message puts John 1:4. Imagine it as you read John’s description of the Word. He says, “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” Wow, that’s personal! It’s what separates our faith from any other belief in the world. Christianity isn’t about religion, creeds, or words printed in a holy book. Christianity is Christ, the living Word who still speaks! Open your Bible to meet Jesus. He’s in every book of the Bible. From Genesis to Revelation, Jesus is our hope, the gospel thread that runs throughout every page. Let Him move into your neighborhood!