I was very confused as a teenager as I read the words from John 1:1: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
I tried to wrap my mind around the fact that the God of the Universe was somehow wrapped up in the pages, cover and binding of my Bible. It just didn’t seem to make sense. My confusion got worse when I read further on that “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (vs. 14a, NASB)
Years have passed since then and that chapter has become one of my favorites. I’d always mistakenly believed Jesus somehow appeared just in time for the New Testament. Although I knew He was God and had existed forever, there seemed to be a natural starting point at His birth that made anything before then seem impossible.
All throughout the Old Testament I saw evidence of the person of Jesus Christ when I opened my eyes and began to look for Him there. The understanding that the Word was God and had become flesh to dwell among humans was starting to make sense.
As I read the Word of God something changed inside me. The words I read pierced my heart. No other book had ever revealed my secret sin. No other author had the power to reveal to me intentions and motives I didn’t even know I had. Never had I felt so powerfully loved and forgiven. Never had I felt so full of joy as I did when reading the Bible.
I found this verse, which I’d read before but now I knew to be true: “The For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Heb. 4:12 NLT).
The Word of God is alive, because God is alive. If you want to meet Jesus personally, may I suggest you pick up your Bible and begin to read. Ask Him to show Himself to you as the Living Word and enjoy interacting with your personal Saviour.
Carla Anne Coroy