And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… John 1:14a
Let’s just stop and sit with this verse for a moment: “The Word became flesh.”
It’s so easy for us to lose our sense of awe at little things like this. To read a verse like John 1:14 and gloss over what it says. But we should never do this.
Remember: Jesus—the Word through whom all things were created; the light of the world, who brings salvation to all who believe in his name—became flesh. That God would take upon human flesh is simply mind-boggling:
- The omnipresent became present.
- The infinite would become finite.
- The invisible became visible.
And what’s more—he dwelt among us. Literally, Jesus, John says, “pitched his tent” among his people, calling us back to the days of the tabernacle in the wilderness. There, in his tent, God dwelt among the people, though he could not be seen by them. But Jesus, the Word made flesh, could be seen and could be touched.
The only Son—unique and one-of-a-kind, who is exactly like the Father in all of his attributes.
Do not shrug this off. Do not nod in assent. Let your jaw drop as you really think about what John has just said. Jesus is the Word made Flesh. Immanuel, God among us.
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