The Christmas Prologue 7: Word became flesh
John 1: 14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Over the next few days we are going to be reminded through John’s ending of his Prologue to the Gospel that:
- There is nothing you go through that Jesus does not understand;
- There is no place you are in that you cannot find him;
- Jesus is in the unlikeliest of places.
‘The Word became flesh’ was shocking and it was meant to be.
‘Skin and bones’, with weakness and a body which was liable to sin.
Jesus was not a strange embodiment of a man, he was man, flesh, fully human.
He knew anger when things were being sold in the Temple.
He knew physical tiredness at the well in Samaria.
He knew hunger.
He knew upset at a funeral.
He knew agony on the cross.
Never think Jesus does not know what it is like.
There is nothing you go through that He does not know the experience of.
But there is more:
The Jews are afraid of taking God’s name and so have never used it. Instead they would use titles like ‘Holy One’ or ‘Name’ and also ‘The Word’. For example in a Targum (a paraphrased translation) of Exodus 19:17 it says “And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet the Word.” The Jews were familiar with the Word as a designation of the divine.
John portrays Jesus not just as a man but so much more. He is the Word. “Jesus is not just man, He is God.”
The Word become flesh is God communicating not a set of rules but Himself.
The Word become flesh is not Jesus being an inspired carpenter or a model human being, but God himself.
Jesus’ words are above every other prophet or human being.
Jesus’ voice is God’s voice.
And today we are reminded that our God knows what we are going through because He walked amongst us.