The word made flesh

The greatest act of communication in history was when the God of the universe became a man in order to bring us light and life. Jesus opened up the way for men, women and children to hear from and talk to the Creator. The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1).

This is a mystery, yet it unlocks heaven for us and provides a direct link to the King of kings. He allows us to hear His heartbeat, to know His thoughts and eternal plans, and He invites us to see this world and our lives from His perspective. Through faith, we can be in communication with the living God. This goes beyond anything man has invented – this is the ultimate in communication.

In recent years, communication has come a long way. We now live with e-mail, the Internet, the cell phone, Skype, Facebook and other social networks, TV and space satellites. An engineer in Africa can consult with his colleagues in Europe or America; nations can listen in to each other’s conversations; there are few secrets any more.

On a one-to-one level, however, people still have problems with communication. The means may be available, but what people lack are the interpersonal skills. Teenagers sulk in their rooms; wives nag their husbands; husbands reach in anger or withdraw and say nothing. Family members of all ages feel that no one listens or understands. This may indeed, be the lonely crowd.

That is exactly why Jesus came. He is able to restore relationships, put wrongs right, remove barriers and heal hearts. When He lives in a family, he helps each member to look at the others through His eyes. He creates an atmosphere of love and acceptance, and turns words into real communication. The first recorded words of Jesus in John’s Gospel were addressed to two of John’s disciples, “What do you want?” (John 1.38).

When Jesus comes to us today, He still asks the same question. Give Him your answer. What are the areas in your life where you need His help? This question is also a good place to start with the people you love. Ask them what they want. Then you can see how to proceed. Asking questions is one of the first steps towards good communication.

The following are some of the questions that some of us may need to ask, What kind of family do you want? Do you find it difficult to say what you think? What do you want me to do for you? Where did I go wrong? How can I put things right? Will you forgive me? There are many others that may be pertinent to your specific situation and you probably know them.

We have known some parents who have many questions about their children but hesitate to ask them. There are also many children who have lots of questions about their parents but dare not ask them. This stifles communication in the family and the end results are strained relations. Parents have the responsibility of training their children to become good communicators and this is best done by example. The statement, “He is as quiet as the father” is not necessarily a compliment.

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