Word Became Flesh
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.”
I feel so that the desire that only grows the stronger as it remains unmet – to get down and down alongside the people and live a life on more “apostolic” lines – must be of God. If so it must find its way too. If we could anyhow – anywhere – live more as Jesus lived His last years! (5 January 1904)
Scripture: Luke 2:6-7; John 1:1-4;14
- Who is the “Word”?
- What do we learn about Jesus through this passage in John?
- Remembering that Elizabeth gave birth to John before Mary delivered Jesus, what did John mean when he said, “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me”?
Meditation on Scripture
“… the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.”
The Incarnation – God become flesh – is impossible to comprehend with our finite minds. John clearly states that Christ, “The Word” was present at creation, fully participated with God in creating all things – indeed, was God. John the Baptist likewise attested to Christ’s pre-existence in his testimony concerning Him: “He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.”
Light and Life – “shining in darkness”! Still, as John poignantly relates, “The darkness has not understood it.” In truth, the Incarnation is impossible to fully comprehend – even for the believer.
Welcome, all wonders in one sight!
Eternity shut in a span!
Summer in winter, day in night!
Heaven in earth, and God in man!
Great little One! whose all-embracing birth
Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to earth…
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