DayBreaks for 3/04/19: The Word Became Flesh
From the DayBreaks archive February 2009:
One of the most amazing statements in Scripture is found in the gospel of John: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us… Here is a great mystery: that the Divine Word became flesh. There are those who have puzzled over how this could be true, those who question the virgin birth and the fact that Jesus was begotten by the Spirit. It is a rather remarkable fact. But that’s not the most wonderful or amazing question that could be asked. Instead of asking “How”, I believe we’d be better to ask the “Why?” question.
John doesn’t leave us hanging on that point, either. It was because the Word became flesh that we saw the glory of God in the person of His Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Surely, it was the kind of thing that mankind had longed for from the time of the creation – to see the glory of God. Even those who saw Jesus saw only a bit of the glory that belongs to God because it would have been too much for humans to bear to be exposed, in our flesh, to the fullness of the glory of God Almighty. But a portion of it was made visible to us, and it should be enough.
The great Christian scholar and theologian, Karl Barth, had an interesting observation regarding this passage, which brings us to the point I want to consider today. Here’s what he had to say: “The Word became flesh – and then through theologians it became words again.”
Yes, Jesus became flesh. He’s not here any longer in a fleshly form, but he is here in those of us who have fleshly forms. The Word took up residence in human flesh when Jesus came, and the Spirit has taken up residence in human flesh in all believers. The question is: has the Word remained incarnated in us, or have we turned the truth of the Spirit and of God into just words once more? Is the Spirit of the risen Lord dwelling actively in you? Are you listening to His promptings, taking action as He directs? Is He a personal acquaintance with whom you have a relationship? Or, has your faith just become a matter of words once more, drained of the vitality of the One Who is Life itself?
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16 (NIV)
The Word still dwells in flesh. Only this time it is our flesh. Let it dwell in you RICHLY!!!!
Prayer: What an amazing thing, Jesus, that You became flesh! How humbling that You still choose to live in our human flesh through Your Spirit. May you dwell in us richly, Lord Jesus! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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