The Word Became Flesh
He was with God in the beginning. He was God, and through him all things were made. In these beautiful opening lines of the Gospel of John, we learn of the eternal existence and divinity of Jesus. We also learn from this passage that Jesus has revealed God the Father to us. Jesus has made the Father known. So, where do we turn when we are asked or wonder ourselves, “what is God like?” We look to Jesus. He reveals God to us. What a gift God has given—to reveal to us what He is like, how He acts in relationship, how He loves!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Look back on today’s passage and notice all the words and phrases that John uses to describe Jesus. Which ones stand out to you? Why do you think that is? Even if you’ve read this passage many times, what concepts or truths catch your attention this time? What’s going on in your life right now that makes those truths resonate more than they might otherwise?
God, thank You for this beautiful summary of Your love in action from John. Help me to remember to look to Jesus when my faith gets shaky or doubts overtake me. I long to know You more and forget that to do that, I need only spend time looking at Jesus. Especially at this time of year, keep my eyes fixed on the truth that You became flesh to be with us and show us what life in You looks like. May I rest in that truth today. Amen.
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