God’s power is such that the words He speaks & the things signified by those word are quite tightly bound together. Our usual experience is that our words and the things they describe are a bit more standoffish. But when God commands light, the light springs into being. When Jesus commands Lazarus to come forth, the dead man is made alive. When He says “It is finished”, the temple veil is torn. In Ezekiel’s parable we learn that when God saw Israel cast off, orphaned, bloody, and dying He said to her “live” and she lived. He blessed five loaves & two fish and that blessing made the meal abundant for the multitude. His words are truly omnipotent words.
This world is a world made by divinely spoken words. It is held in place by the omnipotent Word of Yahweh. This is a world that’s sensible; a world with wisdom up in the constellations, and down in the ocean trenches. Knowledge is tucked away in tree rings & DNA strands. Contra Darwin, humans weren’t once chimps who developed more complex patterns to our “ooh-oohs & aah-aahs”. Rather, Adam’s first day was cataloging a zoological encyclopedia & composing a love poem. The Word has always been with God’s people, because this is a World made and redeemed by the Word.
This reality should comfort your heart and embolden your faith. Jesus says that this bread is His body, this wine is His blood. Before us is the glorious Word of God’s power. Word that you can eat and drink. Word which you can hold in your hands & pass to your fellow saint. Because God declares you righteous in Christ, it is so. Because He promises eternal life to you, it is yes & amen, in Him. God’s majesty & glory is found in this potent uniting of Word & what’s meant by the Word. Here is true sense. True wisdom. True Word.
So come in faith and welcome to Jesus Christ…