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The Everlasting Word

Bible Reading: John 1:1-3, 14-18; Revelation 21:3-7

As Tarun scrolled on his tablet, he suddenly stopped and grinned at his sister. "Hey, Amita, what are your thoughts on antidisestablishmentarianism?"

"Um…what?" His sister stared at him. "I have no idea what you just said."

"Actually, I'm not sure what that word means either," said Tarun. "But I'm looking at this website that talks about really long words, and it says antidisestablishmentarianism is the longest word in the English language--except for technical words used only in math or science. Some of those are even longer! The longest word ever is the chemical name methionylthreonylthreon--"

"Stop!" Amita slapped her hands over her ears. "I don't want to hear any more!"

Tarun laughed. "You think that's bad? I barely even started to say it! If I said the whole thing, it would take over three hours!"

"What?" cried Amita. "Who would even say a word like that? It would take forever!"

"Well, not forever," said her brother. "Just three hours."

"Just?" Amita shook her head. "When it comes to saying words, that is forever! Compared to that, anti…antidish…that other really long word you said is nothing!"

Dad smiled at the kids from across the room. "You know," he said, "there actually is a Word that lasts forever."

Both kids' eyes widened. "There is?" said Tarun.

Dad nodded. "Yes, and He is everlasting. I'm talking about Jesus, the Word of God."

"Wait," said Amina. "I thought the Bible was the Word of God."

"The Bible is God's Word, yes," Dad replied. "It reveals God's truth, law, and purpose to us. It tells us who God is and how much He loves us. But in the New Testament, Jesus is called the Word because He reveals God to us in human form. He is God and has always existed, but He took on human form and came to earth to teach us God's truth and fulfill His law on our behalf because we couldn't live up to it ourselves. He showed us God's love by dying for our sins and coming back to life, and He is working out His greater purpose through all those who trust in Him. He reveals who God is because He is God in the flesh--and He will reign for all eternity! He is the everlasting Word."

-Courtney Lasater

How About You?
Do you know any really long words? No matter how long they are, most of them don't take long to say. But there is one Word that lasts forever--do you know Him? Jesus is the everlasting Word because He reveals God's truth, love, and purpose to us in person. If you know Him as your Savior, you will reign with Him for all eternity. (To learn more, click the "Good News!' button in the right column of this page.)

Today's Key Verse:
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NIV) (John 1:17)

Today's Key Thought:
Jesus is the everlasting Word
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