“The Word Became Flesh”
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John1:14 NKJV
This blog is a week late. It was actually going to be written before December. Then I had a fall and severely injured my right knee. I will undergo surgery next week and begin a long process of recovery.
One thing I have learned from this is that I never really understood the pain others had with same and worse injuries. This is the first time I spent the night in a hospital and the first major surgery and injury. Now that I have experienced this type of pain and suffering I can speak and minister with more authority to others in similar circumstances.
As we begin to celebrate Christmas, it is important to know what we are celebrating. It is what theologians call the doctrine of the Incarnation.
John in his gospel takes us to the preexistent Christ is his introduction. Jesus Is called the Word. He states that in the beginning the Word was with God and the Word was God.
John then gives us the ultimate statement about the Incarnation in verse.14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus, Who was and Is God became a human being. He chose to make Himself vulnerable to pain and suffering. He experienced the ultimate pain and suffering on the cross.
Even though He never sinned He took the punishment of our sin for us. He comes to earth as the Suffering Servant described in Isaiah 53. He knew the pain but came anyway.
When I had my fall, I knew immediately I was hurt badly and could not help myself up. All I could do was to cry out hoping someone would hear me. Sure enough people from the church came to my rescue. I am grateful they did. And I am grateful Jesus was born a human to come and rescue me.
There are three main spiritual needs that people have that are met in the Incarnation: a relationship with God through Jesus, Grace, and Truth. Grace and Truth are a Person named Jesus.
As we celebrate Christmas, don’t forget to celebrate the Incarnation. Also listen to the voices of those crying for help. They need the church to pick them up when they fall and take them to the Great Physician.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.
PS: thanks for all the cards, texts, errands, transportation, food, and prayers. Thanks also for our staff and their hard work ministering to you and me during this time.