June 19, 2023
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”
Hebrews 1:1–2, ESV
God spoke directly to Moses and demonstrated his willingness to speak to his people. “Thus the Lord used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.” (Exodus 33:11, ESV). God spoke through prophets to bridge the communication gap between God and man. But God did something even more remarkable.
John 1 points us to the Creation narrative in Genesis 1, which reveals the means by which God brought everything into existence. God spoke when He created. The Word of God brought life. John tells us that Jesus, the Word was with God in the beginning. He brought Life at the start of all things, and He brings life now. In Christ, we find a rich, full life that cannot be found in any other source. Christ came that we may have life abundantly (John 10:10).
Our magnificent God, who is wholly other in every sense, spoke into our time, space, and history through His Word, Jesus Christ. As we look forward to another 50 years, we can take comfort that God still speaks to us through His Word.
Questions to ponder:
- What drowns out God’s voice in my life?
- How does the Word of God inspire me to celebrate God’s presence?
Almighty God and Loving Father give us a longing to be united with and in Christ. He is your Word. He is our life. He sustains us through all the seasons of our lives. Give us a deep love for your written word, and let the reading of it renew and rejuvenate us and Your church. Remove from us our sense of self-sufficiency, and let us embrace our dependence on you. We long to hear your voice; thank you for speaking to us through your Son.
Ken McHeard is assistant pastor of Christian formation at First Presbyterian Church in Augusta, Georgia