“The Word became flesh” (John 1:1).
How Jesus is God's Word
What a unique title—the Word. What does it mean? Well, words are how we communicate. Yes, we can communicate by body language. But even then, there are words contained within. When you hold up your hand, I know that represents the word stop. I act accordingly, not because of your hand but because I know that the gesture means stop.
The Word is the way God communicates to us. Throughout the Old Testament, we read that “the word of the LORD” came to the prophets. When God tells us, “[My word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire” (Isaiah 55:11), he is explaining that through his Word God achieves his goals.
God's wraps is message in a human being
The Word became flesh. John is saying that God’s will and his purposes are all wrapped up in the flesh of the babe of Bethlehem. Jesus is the way God communicates to us.
Jesus fulfilled the hundreds of prophecies contained in the Word, proving to us that God is not a liar and that everything he tells us in Scripture is trustworthy and true.
The child in the manger was “born under law” (Galatians 4:4) so that he could fulfill every demand of God’s law, not to show you how to obey. Not primarily. Jesus fulfilled the commands contained in the Word so that you might claim his obedience as your own through faith.
The Son of God made flesh is the beating heart of the gospel—the good news of salvation. And so at Christ’s birth, an angel appears to shepherds and says, “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
God's message: we are loved and forgiven
The Word became flesh. This tells us that to have a relationship with God, you must have a relationship with Jesus. And the way you do that is through the Scriptures. Do you want to draw closer to God in 2014? Would you like to have Jesus’ love and power touching you day by day? Those four words—the Word became flesh—tell you how.
The Word became flesh. It is astounding that on that first Christmas Jesus came to earth and took on human flesh. It is just as astounding that at his Ascension, he kept it! In doing so, the Son of God tells us that he cares not just for our souls, but for our bodies as well. He has redeemed both. He will save both on the Last Day.
The Word became flesh. Therefore, there is absolutely nothing belittling or flawed in existing as flesh and blood. The only problem with our existence is that human flesh has been riddled with sin since our first parents fell. But God took on flesh so he could undo the damage sin has done to flesh. In the resurrection, he will give us a body such as he now enjoys. He will create a new heavens and a new earth—a new physical world. And once again, his dwelling will be among us. Until that time, we demonstrate our love for Jesus by caring for people’s souls . . . and for their bodies too. For Christ loves both.
The Word became flesh. May those four simple words sink deeply into your hearts and minds so that you might have a truly merry Christmas and happy new year.
By Jonathan R. Hein