John 1:1-5 (ESV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
John 1:14 (ESV)
14 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.
So I was traveling all day yesterday to go to Israel. Yes, Israel. Far away from New Jersey. It was a 10-hour flight in coach, in the middle seat, with a screaming baby in the row in front of us… Fun! However, it was worth it. When we landed, we jumped in a van and began our hour long tour ride to the place we will be sleeping for the next 10 days. The hills, the architecture, and the landscape were literally breathtaking. I am ashamed to say this but I didn’t expect it. I honestly thought that this was going to be another site-seeing adventure during ministry time but it was more than that. I’ve been reading the Bible for so money years but seeing these sights made me think, “Whoa, this is ‘realer’ than I gave it credit. These things really happened in the places that I thought would never see.”
The Holy Spirit convicted me. When I read the Word, I soak up all the principles we can live out and teach. I am trying to see how it can apply to our lives today. That isn’t necessarily wrong, but should there be a higher priority? It should be more than learning principles, it should be learning about the Person. He walked these streets, talked with people, hung out with them, and touched their lives. Lord, forgive me for sometimes just coming to you to learn principles when the most important thing I can do is to learn who You are. You are real, and you want us to know you.
So don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater. The principles of the Word are timeless and necessary to learn but don’t miss out on knowing Jesus more and more each day.