If anything, 2013 has brought us some fabulous holiday match-ups. Earlier this year, we had Thanksgivukkah—when the first day of Hanukkah fell on Thanksgiving Day. And today, we have Christmaswhichwowedday (Christmas-which-wow-edday), when Christmas and Which Word Wednesday align.
You’ve not heard of Christmaswhichwowedday? hmm. Well, I’m sure it’s very popular somewhere, even if it’s only in my own heart.
My love for words started before I knew the Word, back when I was a kid, before Jesus captured my heart and made sense of my story. But then my love for language met the One whose words spoke everything into being:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:1–5, ESV).
Jesus is the Word from which all words flow. He speaks light and life—literally—upholding all of creation by the word of His power (Col. 1:17). Astounding, isn’t it? Although, humans have been given similar faculties, as we are made in His image; I have seen my own words nurture light and life (as well as darkness and death). Words are powerful, indeed.
Words are powerful because they echo something of their origin, of Jesus who is the Word who was from before the beginning. Jesus is the Word that speaks, to us, telling us who God truly is, showing us the love of the Father:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14, ESV).
And this is the meaning of Christmas, what gives meaning to our days (and especially our Which Word Wednesdays). Merry Christmas and may your Christmaswhichwowedday celebrations be joyful and triumphant!