The Word that gives life … (CEV)
The Word of Life appeared … (MSG)
He is the Word of life … (NLT)
John calls Jesus “the Word.” His Gospel begins, “In the beginning was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Now here, in our passage, he says … “That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands did handle, concerning the Word of the Life …” (Young’s Literal Translation).
I was asking Jesus about this – clearly John is talking about Him, but rather than saying Jesus, or the Christ, he says that he has seen, and heard, and touched “the Word.” Doesn’t this add needless confusion? You can see and hear a word, but touch it?
Jesus seemed to be reminding me of something we have discussed before, that because “God is love,” where we see representations of God in Scripture, we can substitute the word “Love.” Thus John 1:1 becomes, “In the beginning was Love, and Love was with God, and Love was God …”
And if we do the same thing here, we have John saying something quite extraordinary – that he had seen and heard and touched LOVE Himself!
And you and I, we have done, and can do, the same. When we devote ourselves to walking in daily intimacy with Jesus, we are burrowing deeper and deeper into love, in God, who is love.
In the portions of the verse quoted above, we can see something more – not only is this Word, Love, available to be touched, seen, and heard, but it gives life. If we play the same game and replace “word” with “love,” Jesus becomes “The Love that gives life.”
And it’s so true! Once you begin to experience Jesus on a deeper, more intimate level, what you feel flowing from Him, always and intensely, is love, love, love … it’s “love that gives life.”
I pray you are seeing it, hearing it, feeling it today.