By The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry
I conceive a thought. I articulate it by breathing air over my vocal chords and moving my lips just so. You hear my word.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.”
In Luke 23, on day 78, we read of the Innocent One crucified. In Luke 24, on day 79, we read of the Dead One Risen and with us still. Today we discover that this one who died and was raised has not only always been with us, but has always been with God and is, in truth, himself God! Indeed, this one is the very Word of God Himself. This One is God and God expresses God’s very self in the world!
What’s more, this One has intention for you and for me. “[T]o all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”
It is the will of God – the same God who creates the world through his Word – that we should be born of God, if we trust in his name. It is fitting that the first chapter of John should describe the calling of the first disciples, the first ones to trust in his name. The challenge that Philip issues Nathanael rings true to the ear twenty centuries later. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” “Come and see!”
Come and see, but see deeply! This is not merely a good man, nor even merely a miracle worker. The One through whom all things came into being has become flesh! Become one of us, “full of grace and truth!”
What does it mean to say that Jesus is the “Word of God”? Is this different than saying that Jesus is the Messiah? Is this more than saying that Jesus is the Messiah?
Word of God, speak yourself into my heart and the hearts of those around and about me that together we may know you, the only Son of God, full of grace and truth. Amen.
The Rt. Rev. Michael Curry’s is the XI Bishop of North Carolina.