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In the Beginning Was the Word - Arrival Series [8-2-20]

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

Every interaction is marked by communication. That communication is usually through spoken or written language. Sometimes by other means, either by necessity or a temporary choice. But for most people, most of the time, we communicate with words. Some of you talk more than average. Some of you talk less. We all communicate. Women and men are about the same when it comes to talking. The real differences aren't gender-related, but rooted in personality type. Extroverts talk more than introverts. Here's your chance, introverts. Only the introverts say, "Amen!"

Language expresses reality. Language gives form and shape to reality. Centuries ago, a Scottish king conducted his own experiment on language development. He sent two newborns; a boy and a girl; to be raised by a woman who couldn't speak. He claimed that, when he followed up a few years later, they were speaking Hebrew. Perhaps one of the first examples of fake news. In reality, it messed them up. Other equally cruel and unethical attempts have been made on language deprivation experiments, all ending the same. Language is essential to understanding how we experience ourselves, our world, and our place in the world.

When John opens his gospel with, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," he's talking about Jesus, what he did, and the powerful way in which he used language.

As we've explored through our summer sermon series, "Arrival," Jesus has given us a new way to understand ourselves, our world, and how we are called to live in our world. We know that we are different. Devoted followers of Jesus Christ are like strangers living in a strange land. Jesus calls us to attitudes and actions that are different from our unsaved culture. Paul describes such attitudes as patience and kindness and joy {are you content in all things?} and peace and goodness and gentleness and self-control. Did you see the video of that woman throwing a fit at a Trader Joe's? They expected her to wear a mask; she disagreed, so she started throwing what was in her cart out of her cart. Not a pretty thing, all caught on camera. One way or another, that woman needs Jesus. Amen? As I like to say, it costs us nothing to be kind.

So, through his life, death, and resurrection, we've learned from Jesus this unique way to understand life. It makes us different. His arrival in a one room peasant dwelling in Bethlehem marked the birth of a new way to understand ourselves, our world, and our place in the world. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word changed everything.