What is a word? It’s a way to communicate a thought between my brain and yours. Now, they say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and this is often true. But sometimes, a single word is worth a multitude of pictures. Let’s imagine that I am painting a picture in front of you. I begin with a quiet stream flowing gently through a stand of evergreen trees. Snow lines the banks and softly falls from the sky. It is just before dusk, and the oranges and pinks and reds and purples of the sunset are peaking their way between the plethora of green needles. In the foreground is a campfire, sparks making their way upward towards the sky. If I were to ask you exactly what I was thinking about when I painted that picture, you wouldn’t know. You’d have several guesses I’m sure, and you may get it right, but it’s not very specific. However, if I were to simply say the word “serenity," then suddenly you know exactly what emotion I am trying to convey.
It’s the same way with God. He had painted a picture of His love in the mountains and streams and forests and sunsets. He had carved His name in every rock and glacier. But people still weren’t getting it. And so He sent the Word. The book of John opens with these words, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. . . . He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:1, 11). This Christmas season, we are celebrating a God who sent the very best gift ever given: Himself, in a way that we could comprehend. But just as it was 2,000 years ago, many people today haven't received Him. Don't let that be said of you! Won't you choose to receive His gift into your life today?