The Word of life
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
John 1:14 (NIV)
The first four words of John 1:14 form a startling statement: the Word became flesh. The next six simply beggar belief: and made his dwelling among us.
But let’s begin with the beginning. The opening verses of John 1 tell us that the Word made all things that were made – they tell us where everything that is created came from: ‘Through him all things were made…’ (v.3). God was with the Word in the beginning. And the Word was God.
The Word is Jesus, who came to live amongst us as a human being. To quote Charles Spurgeon: ‘He that made man was made man.’ Exactly how the creator of all things was able to be fully human and fully divine, I’m afraid I am unable to explain, but seeing is believing. And so Jesus was born into our world as one of us, leaving behind historically verifiable eye witness accounts, showing that Jesus revealed God the Father to us. As Karl Barth put it: ‘To say revelation is to say, the Word became flesh.’ Jesus himself more plainly explained, “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father.” (John 14:9 ESV).
Seeing Jesus and believing him is the way to eternal life (John 3:16). In chapter 20, verse 31, John gives the purpose for his gospel: ‘But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.’ (NIV).
The author of 1 John adds to this: ‘What existed from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we observed and touched with our own hands—this is the Word of life!’ (1 John 1:1 ISV).
Heavenly Father, as we approach the fourth Sunday of Advent, we think more and more of the first coming of the Messiah, Prince of Peace, God with us, the Word who will soon return, bringing everlasting light and life to the world. Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
Study by Peter Mill
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Peter Mill is a Minister in Grace Communion International and Regional Pastor for Scotland, Ireland and Northern England
Gilmerton New Church
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