The Power Of The Word
1st Sunday of Christmas
Archbishop Loren Thomas Hines
December 26, 2021
Readings: Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:1-7
In our society, we celebrate Christmas once a year. It is most likely that many of us do not fully understand its significance. God sent His Son to redeem man and restore us back to Him. In today’s gospel, the first chapter of John is perhaps the most important part of the bible. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In creation, He spoke everything into existence. How powerful could this be? He spoke, and it came to be.
In Jewish history, there were not that many words in their vocabulary, not as much as in the Greek language. It was recorded that there were approximately less than 10,000 words. The Jewish people believed that the words had power, and they had value. Every word that God has spoken has either been fulfilled or will be fulfilled. Man make promises they do not keep, but God fulfills every word He has said. He used prophets in the Old Testament to speak forth His word. So, the prophets of old would speak forth the things of God and these would happen. We should not lose the value of the reality of words. God will never fail to fulfill what He has promised He would do. When we release words into the atmosphere, we need to know that these words have power. This is why we need to put value into what we are saying. We are the likeness and image of the living God but we have been deceived by the world’s system to think otherwise. There is a reason as to why things are the way they are. What God has established is eternal and forever.
God is involved with everything we do. We need to consult Him in every decision we make. If we do not listen to Him, we will be creating our own problems. Our words define who we are. We are what we speak. Words are extremely powerful and can either make or break a person. What does God say about what is happening around us? Should we listen to the news or should we listen to God’s Word. Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord The heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth.” Psalm 107:20” He sent out His word and healed them; He rescued them from the grave.”
God has said that He will never leave us nor forsake us. Even if we do not feel He’s there, even if we do not feel His presence, He is there. He is around us. Proverbs 3:21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion.” Proverbs 4:1 “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.” Isaiah’s prophecy about the Christ Child came to pass. We have to put God in the center of everything we do. The life of God is the opposite of destruction; the opposite of fear; the opposite of uncertainties. If we follow the principles of God, we will be following the guiding light, the understanding of knowing and seeing things and having insight. We can see through the deception of the devil which may look good on the surface but is actually destructive. We’ve got to build on the Word and have a stable foundation. We have received His fullness. Ephesians 1:23 “and the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with Himself.” Ephesians 3:19 “We are made to be filled with the fullness of God.” Ephesians 4:10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.” Why is Christmas so important? God wants us to know that He has given us His very life. 2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ who is the image of God.” Let us not be deceived by the enemy. Let us strive to have the stability of knowing and believing in His Word.