Thursday, January 3, 2013

Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

We read in, John 1:10-14;

"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 received 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, Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth."

The Word was made “man.” This is commonly expressed by saying that he became “incarnate. When we say that a being becomes “incarnate,” we mean that one of a higher order than man, and of a different nature, assumes the appearance of man or becomes a man.

Here it is meant that “the Word,”  the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, whom John had just proved to be equal with God, became a man, or was united with the man Jesus of Nazareth, so that it might be said that He “was made flesh.”

“Was made” - This is the same word that is used in John 1:3; “All things were made by Him.” It is not simply affirmed that He was flesh, but that “He was made flesh, implying that He had pre-existence, agreeably to John 1:1.

To better understand this verse, we need to read Hebrews 2:14 in parallel.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil.”

Why Did Christ Become Flesh?

It was necessary that He should be a man. An angel does not die, and therefore He did not take on Him the nature of angels; and the Son of God in His divine nature could not die, and therefore He assumed a form in which He could die - that of a man. In that nature the Son of God could taste of death; and thus He could destroy the devil who had the power of death.

Lord Jesus, Son of God,

We thank You for becoming flesh to die for our sins and conquering the power of death by resurrecting from the dead in three days; ascending to Heaven and sitting at the right Hand of God the Father.

We are eagerly waiting for Your coming again to rule the earth as the King of kings and the Lord of lords and leading us into the New Heaven and New Earth where we will see You forever and ever.


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