1. What makes
Jesus different ...
2. But why
would God send His Son into the World?
3. How could
Jesus be God...
4. Why does
Jesus frequently refer to Himself as "the Son of
So Jesus came to tell us about God's Love?
6. Why did
the religious leaders reject Him?
7. If all of
this true, what good is it to me today?
8. But aren't
such beliefs rather bigoted and narrow-minded?
9. But can't
you just say "God" ...
10. How can
a person become a Christian, when the history of
Christianity is so darkened ...
11. How can
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt ... the way of
by D. Berg
What does the Bible mean
when it calls Jesus "The Word"?
God has always spoken to people in many ways:
Through the beauty and wonder of His
Creation, through His prophets and messengers, and
through His written Word. But the clearest revelation of
Himself--of His character, of His Love--is found in His
Son, Jesus, Whom He calls "the Word."
Words are the means by which we express ourselves, by
which we reveal our thoughts, our feelings, our
--And Jesus is the means by which God
expresses Himself to us. God's most outstanding means of
communication with us, the way that He chose to
communicate His Love to the World, was by His Own Son,
came to give us God's message, to tell us about God's
Yes.--But He not only gave us God's message and God's
teachings, God's Love, but He is God's message, He is
God's Love to us.
Jesus, the living Word, revealed God's feelings to us in
a way that we could understand and relate to. For
example, Isaiah 53:3 tells us, "He was a man of
sorrows and acquainted with grief." He wept over the
grief of His friends, over the suffering of humanity, and
even over Jerusalem, a city that rejected its Saviour and
was therefore doomed to destruction.
Jesus was so merciful, so kind and kind-hearted. There
were times when He was wearied, worn and virtually
exhausted from constantly ministering to the crowds that
thronged Him. On one occasion He tried to retire from the
busy scene for a little rest and recuperation, but the
Bible tells us that when He saw the multitudes who needed
His help, He had compassion upon them. He felt so sorry
for them that despite the weariness and pain He felt, He
went out and healed all that came to Him, and taught them
all the wonderful Words of God's Kingdom of
Love.--Matthew 9:36; Mark 6:31-34.
There were also times when God's anger blazed through
Jesus, the Living Word, against pretense and hypocrisy.
He told the self-righteous leaders of the ruling
religious hierarchy of His day, "If I had not come
and spoken unto you, you would not be guilty of sin, but
now I have come and exposed you, so you have no covering
for your sin!"--John 15:22.
Actually, most of the time He had very little to do with
the lofty, rich-robed, powerful and wealthy religious
leaders, the Scribes and the Pharisees.--Except when they
insisted on annoying Him and raising critical questions,
doubts and accusations among those He was teaching. Then
He unleashed scathing rebukes against them, publicly
exposing them as the "blind leaders of the
blind" that they were (Matthew 15:14), even telling
them on occasion that they were like "whitewashed
sepulchres, tombs, which, although they appeared
beautiful, clean and holy outwardly, were full of
rottenness, corruption and stinking dead men's bones
within!"--Matthew 23:27,28. These religious leaders
considered themselves to be the most "righteous and
holy" people in town, but Jesus exposed them for the
hypocrites, liars, robbers and cheaters of the poor that
they were, which of course infuriated them.
But most of the time Jesus avoided the self-satisfied
religionists, and spent His time helping and loving the
poor, the common man, speaking to them, healing them,
feeding them and most importantly, giving them the
spiritual answers, Love, forgiveness and Truth that they
The Bible says that He mingled with and preached to the
fishermen, drunks, prostitutes, tax collectors and
sinners, and "the common people heard Him
gladly."--Mark 12:37. But when He went into the
temple and gave His message to the religious leaders,
they mobbed Him, threw Him out and finally crucified Him!