Posted by: missionventureministries | December 15, 2012

AND THE WORD BECAME FLESH – John 1:14

John 1 vs 14

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14) 

Who is the Word? Verse 1 says, “The Word was with God and the Word was God. And in verse 14 it says: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory.” The Word became flesh and dwelt among us without giving up any of His glory.  

John wants us to understand that Jesus is God in human flesh. Matthew and Luke give us historical features and John gives us the heavenly elements and the supernatural features. The message is about the deity of Christ.  

In these few words “and the Word became flesh” we see the summarizing statement of the incarnation – God becoming man. The Everlasting became finite. The Eternal one entered time. The Invisible became visible. 

“The Word” in Greek means ‘logos’ and to the Greek mind, logos was the most powerful force in the universe. It was creative power, source of wisdom, knowledge, intelligence, and John is saying this is a person and He became a man, God who came into the world through baby Jesus. 

To the Jew, the Word had even more meaning since the Word of the Lord was a very familiar to them. The Word of the Lord was simply God revealing Himself, His person, His nature, His will, His wisdom, His truth. John is saying that the revelation of God and the manifestation of God is now incarnate. The expression of God’s nature, will, wisdom, truth is embodied. That’s why Hebrews 1 says, “In time past He spoke and now He’s spoken unto us . . . , in His Son.” God is being revealed in Christ.  

He took on humanity and “made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men” (Philippians 2:7). “He partook of flesh and blood” (Hebrews 2:14). And He lived amongst us for thirty three years.  

Not only does John speak of the pre-existence of Christ, but He speaks of the co-existence of Christ: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). He is both with God and is God. Here, we clearly see the mystery of the Trinity. He is distinct from the Father, having face-to-face communion with the Father, and yet is fully God as is the Father. As we read in Colossians 2:9, “In Him, all the fullness of deity dwells.” He is as much God as God is God and we need to understand that the Word is not an attribute of God. The Word is not a message from God. The Word is not an emanation from God. The Word is not a creation by God. The Word is God. He is a person with God and a person who is God. Jesus has the same nature and essence as God. 

When we think about the birth of Jesus we realize that God Himself, God the Son who was eternally with God before anything existed, is the one who came to this earth to restore the relationship that Adam severed in the garden. He was the Word made flesh. He was the light coming into the world and He enlightens every man that searches for Him and finds Him. 

So the preexistent, coexistent, self-existent God, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and the light of the glory of God was shining in the midst of a dark world. 

The Word is not only the Creator of the material realm, but of the spiritual realm as well. The Word made flesh dwelt among us, died for us and rose on our behalf, to provide forgiveness of sin and eternal salvation. When we accept Him as our Savior and make Him the Lord of our life, we become His child and His new creation, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. (Ephesians 2:10)

May the truth of God’s Word capture ever heart to the point that we treasure the name of the Lord Jesus, the fullness of who He is and what He did for us.  

Thank you Jesus for the gift of eternal life.

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