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The Word Became Flesh


John 1:14-18

I have heard it said in prayers; it has been mentioned Bible classes; even in sermons; I have heard it and heard it a thousand times or more but I am not sure I have we really comprehend its significance or appreciated it.

John 1:14  And the Word became flesh,  and dwelt among us,

And then John says that “the Word was with God”; the Word and God are not identical but they are ONE; the Word has the very same nature as God the Father.

And then John says that “the Word was God”; all that could be said about God may aptly be said about the Word; nothing higher could be said about the Word

And then John says that “all things came into being by the Word”; He is the Almighty Creator.

In the first 5 verses John declares the Word to be God.

 Let me put it this way to help you understand how amazing this was: Some of you may remember, in July 1969, one of the most momentous events in all of human history took place when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.

And as amazing as that was, here in this passage, you have the Word, the pre-existent One; the eternal One; the Omnipotent One; the Omnipresent and Omniscient One, coming in the flesh.

And 2 Cor. 8:9 tells us that He “gave up the riches of heaven in order that through His poverty we might be rich.”

And you talk about a giant leap for man-kind, His was a giant leap for mankind!

And let me tell you, this is the most important doctrine in the Christian faith.

If the Word was and is not God then we can just ignore John’s Gospel and his later epistles completely because that is the crux of his writings.

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” is the most amazing thing that ever happened to mankind and this truth lies at the very heart of Christianity.

If I really think about this and understand it, it cements my devotion and commitment to Him.

Now, look at vs. 14 again: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

John says God has come close. He came in the flesh. And if people really want to find God all they have to do is find Jesus Christ and that is as near as your closest Bible. (He is also in the hearts of His disciples.)

 So John says that the “Word became flesh and dwelt among us” and that Word was God; but that is easy to say. Where is the proof?

 Well, from here on through the rest of the book John is going to give testimony that “the Word” was and is Jesus and that Jesus is God who came in the flesh.

So, look at the end of 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.

 And look at what John says “they beheld”; and that word “beheld” is not speaking of a vision or a dream; this is speaking of something they literally saw!

 What does John mean when he speaks of seeing “His glory?”

Then you have the Transfiguration in Matthew 17 where Jesus was “transfigured and His face shone like the sun and His garments became as white as light.”

But then there is this also. In Mark 1:41 Jesus encounters a leper and vs. 41 says that Jesus “was moved by compassion” and reached out and healed that man.

And look again at John 1:14. John says that Jesus was  “full of grace and truth.”

 And we might ask, “What does His compassion, and His grace and truth have to do with John seeing His glory. Well, look at this from Exodus 33: 18.

Moses asks to see “God’s glory” and God says,  “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.”

And when John saw those same things in Jesus, when he saw the compassion, the grace, the love and care, then John realized that what he was seeing was the “glory of God.”

In vs. 15, John will once again use John the Baptist to confirm that the Word is Jesus, and that Jesus is God and He came to “explain God” to us. What He is like.

But here is the problem. People look at what Hollywood says about God; and they look at what some of these books say about God; at what philosophers say; what some songs say and then they say, “That is what God is like!”

Jesus defines God; He displays God’s glory; He dispenses grace and truth.

So it is amazing to me that the Word would become flesh and dwell among us; and it is the most important thing for us to believe.

So, why does John tells us all of these things? Here it is again:  John 20: 30 Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

 Your faith in Christ is not misplaced.

If you want eternal life; there is only One way to get it and that is through Jesus Christ. It is all about Jesus. And if you refuse to believe that He is God who came in the flesh there is no hope for you.