“But what does it say? ‘The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,’ that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ …you will be saved.”Romans 10:8-9
After a month of dwelling on the Living Word who created words and has communicated with us through words and through His very life, we see how intricately layered this idea of Word is. May our words be “always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6), for we are reflections of Jesus. When we falter, He picks us up, encouraging us with the words of His never- failing promises and perfect law set out for our good. Jesus is the indispensable Word; in Him life begins to hold together…life does hold together!
When I taught writing to middle school students years ago, I encouraged them to look for that “25-cent” word and not settle for the “nickel” one. They enjoyed the challenge and for years after would return to show me “25-cent words” they’d found. There is no need for believers to look for another word; the final Word is Jesus. The word is near, in our mouths and in our hearts, Paul says. That’s the word of faith and the hope we joyfully proclaim: “Jesus is Lord!”
Jesus is the final Word, but in him a whole new chapter of life may begin!