John 1:1-3&14 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through Him God made all things, not one thing in all creation was made without Him… the Word became a human being and full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw His glory, the glory He received as the Father’s only Son.”
The “Word” talked about here is not merely “words” even the words spoken by God, but He is a person distinct enough to be with God and yet He is God. (Oh beautiful mystery of the trinity!) The Word is a person of power and He is the One through whom God made everything. Since He is also God, this is another way of saying that the Word, being God, is the creator of all things and is not Himself created. It is this same Word who is God, who became flesh – a human being – and lived among us in the person of Jesus Christ; the Father’s only Son, the Son of God, the eternal Son. (Oh glorious mystery of the incarnation! God become human!) Would He have laid aside His glory and honor and all His privileges as God to become human (Philippians 2:6-8), to live and walk among us, to experience this life as we do (without sinning) and die one of the most painful deaths possible to pay for our sin if He did not love us? How great is the mercy He has shown us! How amazing the grace He has poured out on us! How infinite the love He has lavished on us! (1 John 3:1) As Scripture says, “there is no greater love than this, to lay your life down for your friends.” (John 15:13). He laid down His life for each of us (yes, even you) we have but to receive it, believe it, trust it, act on it. For, “to those who received Him, to those who believed in His name He gave the right to be called ‘children of God’.” (John 1:12).
As a man, Jesus experienced life as we do – the joy of friendship (disciples), the stab of betrayal (Judas), the grief of loss (Lazarus), the pain of rejection (lots of people), the influence of temptation, and the consequences of sin. He experienced anger (driving moneychangers out of the temple), exhaustion, frustration (because they would not listen), distress (His last prayer in the garden), sadness, mourning, pain (being whipped), and death (on a cross). So don’t for a moment ever think that God is unsympathetic to your situation or indifferent to your feelings. He longs to wrap you in His arms. Scripture says, “God is close to the brokenhearted.” (Psalm 34:18). So take a closer look at Bethlehem and remember the infinite height He stooped from to stretch out His hands to us. Take a closer look at the cross and remember the pain and shame that He endured (Hebrews 12:2) so that He might then lift us up in His arms and bring us back to Himself.
We pray, “Oh, God, thank You for Your wonderful love. Thank You for Your mercy in not giving us the punishment we deserved. Thank You for Your grace of unearned favor in everything that You do for us. Lord, help us to recognize the infinite love that moved You to become human and walk through this life with us. Help us to be thankful for the mercy that moved You to willingly lay down Your life and pay for our sins. God, help us to receive the riches of Your grace in Your forgiveness and the restoration of relationship to You – that You call us Yours. May we be in awe of who You are and everything You do for us. Fill our hearts with love, peace, and joy inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8). Forever You are the God who saves us! Amen.”
Word – statement, declaration, expression
Flesh – physical, tangible, human
Point to Ponder
The Word become flesh: the tangible, observable expression of God and the declaration and demonstration of His love. So how are you responding to that love?