No Fear Here
March 13, 2024
Just A Thought
March 15, 2024
No Fear Here
March 13, 2024
Just A Thought
March 15, 2024

The Word Became Flesh

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us,

 and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,

 full of grace and truth.

(John 1:14 NASB)

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” These words capture the mystery and wonder of the Incarnation where God entered history in the person of Jesus Christ.

God came to reveal himself through his Son. Jesus is the embodiment of the Father’s will (Rev. 19:13), and the exact representation of his being (Heb. 1:3).

Incarnation from the Latin “in·car·nare” meaning in flesh, became flesh. God, who is spirit became flesh at a specific point in history—the birth of Jesus. Of course that doesn’t mean His Spirit became flesh, but He entered the earth in a flesh suit.

John is affirming that the divine, eternal Son of God took on human form, becoming fully human. Just as Joseph contributed no DNA to the Savior, neither did Mary. “For most of us, life begins in the womb, but Jesus had no beginning. The Word who became flesh was with God when creation began (John 1:1). Jesus did not need a sperm donor or an egg donor. He needed a body, and that’s what the Holy Spirit provided.” (Paul Ellis)

Jesus became flesh. That’s what the Christmas story is all about. The Word, the Creator, became flesh and entered the human story in the person of a baby. The mystery evades us as to how God physically accomplished this, but it had to be a man untouched by sin.

The Word dwelt among us, or literally pitched his tent among us. Some translations say tabernacled, and some say made His residence among us. He wasn’t just born, but he grew up and walked among us. God entered the human experience, sharing in our joys and sorrows, our struggles and triumphs. He experienced hunger, thirst, weariness, and all that man daily faces, yet Jesus did this without sin.

Through Jesus, God bridged the gap between divinity and humanity, offering a way for us to know Him intimately and personally. Jesus became the ultimate revelation of God’s character, demonstrating His love, mercy, and grace in tangible ways. In the fullness of time, a moment in history Jesus entered the earth. With it He brought the way, the truth, and life itself to all who will believe.

Know that no matter what you face or need, Jesus understands because He experienced life on this earth. Draw from Him and trust Him. He will see you through everything.