And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14a
Matthew’s gospel tells us of Jesus from the seed of Abraham; the royal line of King David. Mark tells us of Jesus from Nazareth; the humble carpenter’s son. Luke tells us of Jesus from Adam; the man sin entered through to be saved by the only man who can defeat it. But John…John tells of Jesus from Heaven; Jesus as God. John takes us back to the beginning of all things.
In the BEGINNING was the Word…Here all along. The beginning of the beginning. Before creation or time.
…and the Word was WITH God…Community. WITH-ness. God the Father WITH the Word.
…and the Word WAS God...Not only with God, the Word WAS God.
…and the Word became FLESH…This. Oh man! The Word that always was. That was WITH God. That WAS God. All the holiness squeezed into skin. Flesh temporarily constraining glory that eyes couldn’t otherwise take in.
…and DWELT among us…Closer. Personal. Interacting in mundane daily life. The original word dwelt is translated “pitched a tent” or “tabernacled.” The Word – Jesus – stepped out of heaven and pitched a tent here on earth. It’s a temporary dwelling. He won’t be here long. Only about 33 years. He is coming with an assignment.
That He would come to earth as one of us is mind-blowing. God is so big and mysterious and unfathomable, but in Jesus, we have a visible expression of the invisible. He comes in a form and language we can understand. We can see how God chooses to spend His time, how He lives in the ordinary and extraordinary, what He says, how He interacts with humanity…all in a way we can grasp. We get a glimpse of what God looks like and how much He loves us. Jesus – Son of God – God in the flesh.
Question: What is most incredible to you about God coming down to earth in human flesh?