The Word Became Flesh | John 1:14-18
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.'" From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
Tiny hands waving about uncontrollably. A shrill cry piercing the damp air of a borrowed cave. A mother’s peaceful smile. A mysterious smile on the face of her husband who helped deliver a miracle. The Word became flesh: God confined to an infant.
Growing hands pointing to ancient scrolls. An adolescent voice asking and answering questions. The teachers amazed. A mother who “treasured all these things in her heart.” A Father smiling with favor. The Word became flesh: God growing in stature.
Gentle hands touching blind eyes, deaf ears, and withered limbs. Powerful hands turning water into wine, feeding multitudes with a single meal, and touching life into lifeless bodies. Thankful faces without words to express their gratitude. The Word became flesh: The Father glorified through the Son.
Constricted hands; the result of spikes driven through His wrists. Arms outstretched; fastened to a wooden beam. A mother stands below feeling every painful throb as her own. The just Father turns His back on His Son. The Word became flesh: Our sins on Jesus.
Scarred hands in resurrected glory. A chariot of clouds lifting Him to the Father. A joyful mother watching her Son ascend. A promise from the lips of the risen Savior: Just as I go, I will return again. The Word became flesh: Resurrection Assurance.
Open hands inviting every sinner. Accepting all who come to Him in faith. Blind eyes see; prison doors are opened. The prince or pauper; none are turned away. Eternal life to all who believe. The Word became flesh: Sinful man in communion with the Holy God!
Heavenly Father, thank You for the Word—Jesus Christ. Thank You for His life, death, and glorious resurrection. Thank You that through Jesus we can have an eternal relationship with You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.