Words may not break your bones, but they can break the heart -  so read the marquee in front of a church. That is a true statement for there is great power in words. King Solomon wisely said … “Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad” (Prov. 12:25 NASB). “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances” (Prov. 25:11 NASB).  The earthly ministry of Jesus Christ was marked by words of grace and power.  To those who rejected His words, the proclamation of impending judgment and rebuke enraged the hearers to seek His life.  Questioned by the Pharisees, Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am."  Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple” (John 8:58-59 NASB).  He was the same I AM who had delivered to Moses the commission to lead the enslaved Hebrew people out of Egypt. “Then Moses said to God, "Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I shall say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you.' Now they may say to me, 'What is His name?' What shall I say to them?" And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM "; and He said, "Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" (Ex. 3:13-14 NASB).  What tremendous power was in that Name, power to create, to perform miracles, to subdue demonic forces, but most of all, to forgive sins by dying on the Cross and providing salvation to all who placed their faith in Him.  While Jesus had to rebuke those who sought to keep the Jews in religious bondage, particularly the Pharisees, scribes and Sadducees, most of His ministry was marked by words of instruction, encouragement, comfort and grace. The Apostle Peter perhaps best expressed the grace and power of Jesus’ words.  Many in Capernaum had been hearing the Messiah teach and there was division among the hearers.  “As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.  Jesus said therefore to the twelve, "You do not want to go away also, do you?"  Simon Peter answered Him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life (John 6:66-68 NASB).  Another disciple, John opens his gospel speaking of the eternal Word now in the flesh speaking the words given Him by the Father.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:11 NASB).  That Word, now in the flesh, would manifest the power of God as He raised the dead with the words … “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11:43).  In responding to the religious leaders who denied the power of Jesus’ words, the man blind from birth replied … "The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, 'Go to Siloam, and wash'; so I went away and washed, and I received sight"  (John 9:11 NASB).  Again, demonstrating His love and compassion for those who were considered by the Jews to be “dogs,” … Jesus said to the centurion, "Go your way; let it be done to you as you have believed." And the servant was healed that very hour” (Matt. 8:13).  And in Jerusalem,  the temple guards, sent to arrest Jesus, came back emptied handed saying … “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks" (John 7:46).

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