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John 5:34 I say these things so that you may be saved.
I grew up in Jamaica, and I heard this phrase a lot. Some days, I would have preferred sticks and stones to words. Sticks and stones break bones, but words can break the soul, the heart, and mind.
We consider the words of Jesus as Good News, words spoken that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Jesus reminds us in this passage that he speaks so we might be saved. What would our conversations and words look like if we only said things that led to salvation? What would life be like if our words brought healing and peace, not pain and suffering?
In Jesus, we see the Word of God becoming reality, and we are reminded that we are called to be God’s reality in the world, a presence of life and healing.