Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
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Thursday, June 2, 2016
The Word is Love
Say the Word and you’ll be free,
Say the Word and be like me,
Say the Word I’m thinking of,
Have you heard the Word is love?
These words are the opening lines to the song “The Word” by the Beatles, which burst onto the popular music scene a half-century ago. The lyrics were directed at the “generation of love” at a time when society challenged and redefined words, love, and morals. These lyrics struck a chord in the 1960s, but they remain timely today. In fact, they speak not only to today, the 1960s, and the future, but to Biblical Truths going back to the beginning of Creation.
John’s Gospel tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.” (John 1:1-3). Thus, the Word and Creation are inextricably linked. And of course, the “Word” to whom John is referring is Jesus Christ.
Now, the song says the Word is love, whereas John tells us that the Word is God. A basic principal of mathematics tells us that if two things are both equal to a third item, it follows that all three are equal. Following this line of logic, we can say the Word is love (Beatles) and the Word is God (John). Blessedly, this statement is confirmed directly in scripture, which says, “God is love” (1 John 4:8, 1 John 4:16), and since God is the Word, the Word is love.
The song goes on to say, “In the beginning, I misunderstood. But now I’ve got it, the Word is good”. This statement has direct application to my own life. In the beginning, I, too, misunderstood and failed to see the goodness of Christ. I am not alone, however, as many today do not see His goodness. Even from the “beginning”, when Jesus first started His ministry here on Earth, He was misunderstood by the Pharisees and the Jewish people. However, we know that Jesus is the only One who is good (Matthew 19:17).
In verse two of the song, the lyrics implore us, “Spread the Word and you’ll be free. Spread the Word and be like me”. It would be hard to miss the connection between these words and Jesus’ words in the Great Commission, where He tells us to spread the Word and make disciples of all nations. Jesus was the first to spread the Word of the Gospel, now He tells us to “Be like Me”. He also counsels us that the Word, who is also the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), will set you free (John 8:32), just as the song says. Since Jesus is the Truth, He, as the Word, will set you free.
As the song continues, the third verse states, “Give the Word a chance to say that the Word is just the Way”. The Bible states, “I am the Way” (John 14:6) referring to Jesus, our only Way to God. No one comes to the Father except through the Word, Jesus Christ. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). And let us not forget that, “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ” (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the Word.
Could the Beatles have used Scripture as a basis of this song? I know of no evidence, it’s uncanny how the lyrics follow what the Bible tells us about our Word, Jesus Christ, and His Ways. I do know the Beatles were keenly aware of, perhaps even in competition with, Jesus Christ. History records that John Lennon, likely the author of this song, told the world the Beatles were more popular than Jesus Christ. It seems, perhaps, John Lennon also missed the goodness of the Word and His love, even as he sang about it. His vision was to imagine no Heaven exists and wished for the absence of religion.
What could be more normal than saying the Word? Say “The Word” – Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, the Life, Love, the Prince of Peace, the Good One, the Good Shepherd, the Son of Man and the Son of God. Say the Word, and you’ll be free. Say the Word, and be like me. Have you heard the Word is Love?
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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