Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven….(A) crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Acts 2:5-8
CBS News recently ran a story about ten-year-old Takuto Kawakami from Okayama, Japan. He hangs out in the Korakuen gardens, talking to the tourists…in perfect English. Not many Japanese speak fluent English, but Takuto has mastered the language, passing a difficult English test that four out of five Japanese adults fail. But Takuto didn’t learn English at his school. He began learning from Disney products his parents bought him, starting at six months old. He could speak full sentences at age four. His mother got the idea to bring him to the garden so he could practice his English with tourists. He wears a bright yellow vest that says, “I want to learn English so please talk to me in English.” And they do. English speakers from all over the world converse with this young man, learning about the garden and feeling right at home. Why wouldn’t they? Takuto is as comfortable with English as if it is his native tongue too.
When Jesus came to live among mankind, He spoke His native language: the Language of Love. Is it any wonder that so many people hung on Christ’s every word, following Him around and begging Him for blessings, healing, release from pain and suffering and demons? The language Jesus spoke felt distantly familiar to His followers, even if sometimes they didn’t quite understand His full meaning. Even the disciples, those closest to Jesus, the men who spent the most time with Him, were still bewildered when the death He Himself predicted happened in real time. But Jesus knew the Language of Love would pick Him up out of that tomb and allow Him to appear before the disciples and others, speaking more words of hope and freedom. Didn’t the prophet Isaiah quote God as saying, “My word…will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire…?” (Isaiah 55:11) Listen, and you will hear the Lord speaking to you in your native tongue of Love.
Speak the Language of Love to us, O Lord, and still our hearts to listen. Amen
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