Consider for a moment the nature of our salvation if Jesus were not the Son of God, consubstantial with the Father. What hope would we have for eternal life after the end of our days on earth? The act of our redemption comes not from Christ’s miracles and teachings but from what those miracles and teachings tell us about His true nature and purpose: that although he was God, He did not shrink from a criminal’s death in order through it to gain for us our salvation.
If he were just a good man, then in following His example we could only ever hope to be lesser good men than He was. But he was not just a good man. He was not just a virtuous and caring and wise and compassionate man. He was God made man. He is God made man – His holy humanity ascending bodily to the glory of the Father, giving us hope for that day when He will raise our mortal bodies and make them like His own in glory (Philippians 3:21).
For ourselves, too, our good works amount to little and can certainly not earn us salvation. It is faith that saves. And it is only when faith illuminates our actions with the love of God that our works have value, not of themselves, but as the manifestation of God’s love in our lives lived in faith that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.
We were created through Christ, the Word of God, that spoke out over the darkness and formed the world as we know it. By the power of the Holy Spirit, that same Word has been made known throughout the history of our salvation through the prophets, and in our own time through the Word made Flesh in Jesus Christ.
It is no wonder that Christ asserts that His Word is our life. It has been a message constantly proclaimed through all the prophets that, “man does not live by bread alone, but that man lives by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Lord.”
Let us cherish the Word of God with all reverence and accord it due prominence in our daily prayer. May the Scriptures be the source of our life in Christ – a word that when listened to with the ears of the heart, becomes the source of our understanding of God’s love; the commission that sends us forth to do God’s will; the whisper that brings us comfort in our day of distress; the guidance that teaches us about our true nature and destiny in God; and the inspiration that ignites hope for the life of the world to come.
There’s a saying, ‘Home is where the heart is.’ Home should be the one constant in our changing and challenging mortal lives. It is the place to which we return after a hard day’s work. It is the place we find rest. It is the place where we can truly be ourselves. It is the place where we celebrate the joys of life, and the place where we can let go and cry, when life overwhelms us. It is the place where we keep our most precious treasures. It is the place where we can be vulnerable and yet safe. Truly, there is no place like home.
Is it any wonder then, that the Lord asks us to make His word our Home? For “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High and abides in the shade of the Almighty says to the Lord: ‘My refuge, my stronghold, my God in whom I trust’.” (Psalm 90(91):1-2)
When we make our home in the Word of God, we invite an intimacy with God that allows Him to penetrate the most private depths of our lives. We allow ourselves to be seen as we really are; without pretense, without the walls that we build around ourselves for protection against the world. We allow ourselves to be vulnerable in His presence and share with Him the treasures and secrets of our souls.
When we make our home in the Word of God, He is not a guest in our lives, but our life itself. And He who loves us like a doting Father, “will watch over your going out and coming in both now and for ever.” (Psalm 120(121):8)