Did you know that only about 7% of our communication with each other is verbal? Much of how we express ourselves is through body language. Pastor Miles explained that so much communication can be lost in translation; there is no word in another language that will exactly match one in English or vice versa. Cultural differences make things even more difficult. That's where interpreters come in.
Interpreters translate the meaning of a language into understandable terms. Jesus, as the interpreter of God's eternal Body Language, models for us how God's Word should be lived out through us. Our lives need to mirror Jesus' life because Jesus' life mirrors God's Word. As God's Logos, Jesus is the full expression of God's rational thought. He is our translator of the Word of God and simply by living and modeling for us, He has translated how we should live to honor Him.
Our lives need to mirror Jesus' life because Jesus' life mirrors God's Word.
1. Jesus came to fulfill the purpose of God's Logos.
In John 17:1-5, Jesus speaks of how He has fulfilled God's purpose and glorified God. We have to glorify and praise God as well. John 15:12-14 tell us that as we love each other and sacrifice ourselves, we will be His friends. Remember that God so loved us that He gave us His only begotten Son-the ultimate sacrifice. Aren't we humbled and in awe of that gift? It ought to inspire and move us to sacrificial love.
2. Jesus came to demonstrate the power of God's Logos.
Mark 4:35-41 tells the story of Jesus and his disciples crossing a body of water in a boat. A storm comes up and the disciples are worried about the boat capsizing while Jesus sleeps. The disciples wake Jesus and He simply tells the wind to be still, which it amazingly does. Now that's power!
Remember that in Genesis, God speaks the world into existence. Time and time again in the Bible, God speaks and something happens, simply by His command. We all have problems in our lives, but with a Word He can change everything for us. His miraculous power is available to us!
Pastor Miles also pointed out that as God's children, our words have power as well. When we say we are going to do something out loud and with conviction, these things tend to happen.
3. Jesus will come to punish those who reject God's Logos.
One of the last chapters in the Bible, Revelation 19, says, He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called the Word of God (v. 13). Just as in the beginning of the Bible, Jesus is named the Word of God at its close. In Revelation, Jesus comes back to punish all those who have denied Him, as well as to be joined by true believers who have accepted His sacrifice. God's Word is eternally important!
(For further listening, Miles also referred to a past sermon called the Bema Seat, where Jesus judges us by the works we did to honor Him.)