Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Word = flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

So begins the book of John. It is, if you think about it, a very cool glimpse of Christ. He is eternal (both past and future), and he was with God. Whoa... so what, he's some sort of supernatural power? An angel or a spirit or something? Not quite... he is God. He was there when God made the world, and in eternity before that. He was involved in the process of making everything, from the Himalayas to the amoebas. He's the source of life, and is a light to us. So, that there should be enough to make anyone stop and stand in awe. But John doesn't stop there...

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.... And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.

And that should make your jaw drop, and the word "wow" should slowly come out of your mouth. That Word about which we were talking, the Word who is equal to, and even is, God Himself, became flesh. Flesh! Skin, bones, cartilage, ligaments, muscles, blood vessels. With that flesh came weariness, hunger, thirst, sorrow, and pain. Why should the Maker be so subjected to this? It gets even lower; He was born as a child, in a stable. He didn't even come down in what we would consider wealth. Something like coming as the Emperor of Rome would have suited Him better. But no. A child, with parents who were oppressed by the strongest of Empires, born among the cows and the sheep in the hay.
What sort of love is this? The Son of God humbled Himself to the point of incarnation as a baby. Further down the road, He would die for our sins on a Cross, as the only innocent man. If the incarnation made you say "wow," this should leave you speechless. There aren't words for this. The English language falls far short of being able to portray this love. All we can do is worship this Saviour of ours, who was crucified on our behalf, and who pleads for us before the Father.

*I know, this is very similar to what Mr. Purswell said a few weeks ago. But I don't think we can have our minds blown by God enough, so it's here too.


Dave said...

Bravo Elizabeth. :)

Allie said...

Yes, it's amazing! wow.

Merry Christmas everyone!!!
God is so good :)

Kylie~Clare said...

Very Good :D

Jenna said...

great post, brumby!

Dr. R physco said...

WOW. amazing liz! amazing! a HEARTY APPLAUSE ALL AROUND!!!