Word made Flesh

John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. NIV

John 1:14 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. NIV

Christmas, for those who are of the House of God, is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Even those who are not of God’s House but who have a sense of religion will join with us at this time of year in giving recognition to the event of Jesus’ birth through the playing/singing of carols etc. In the Christmas hymn by Charles Wesley “Hark the herald angels sing” the second verse declares:

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

The theme resounding from heaven is that God has come to the earth and He clothed Himself in sinful humanity.1

The incarnation is the greatest of all God’s dealings with humanity because it enmeshes God Himself with human flesh2 – the creator with the created – and through that union brought the means of redemption and the establishment of a New Creation.3

Apostle John makes it clear that in the beginning the Word was with God and that Word was God. That Word descended to the earth and, by the union of Word and flesh, Jesus God’s son appeared;4 fully God and fully man.

At the cross He takes into himself the totality of the sin of humanity and does so in the flesh. Jesus does not simply ‘identify with us’ but rather is us in His humanity and thus, as a man receives the wrath of God for sin – Godforsakenness.5 Through His sacrifice the wrath of God towards men’s sin is appeased.6 And so, as it is written; “He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” (Rom 4:25 NIV)

Now, through the New Creation established in the Word made flesh, we who are called into that union by the blood of the Lamb, are born again by the Spirit, made New Creations in and with Christ, and become partakers of the Divine nature. 7

The Word made flesh is the God-man Jesus Christ; through the birth of Jesus God becomes a man; through the crucified Jesus God takes into himself man’s sin and deals with Godforsakenness; through the resurrection life of Jesus God justifies man; through the ascension of Jesus God exalts man in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit; and any person who is in Christ is a New Creation:

John 1:12-13 … 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. NIV

Now, as the incarnate God, Jesus is forever the union between God and man who enables us by His Spirit to participate in His divine nature – To God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever AMEN!

  1. Rom 8:3 …God [sent] his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. NIV
  2. Luke 1:35-36 “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. NIV
  3. Jn 3:3-7; Gal 6:15 … what counts is a new creation.
  4. Heb 5:5 “You are my Son; today I have become your Father” NIV
  5. Matt 27:46 Jesus cried out in a loud voice … “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” NIV cf Rom 1:18-32 God gave them over = Godforsakenness
  6. This is the meaning of atonement or propitiation. cf Rom 3:25; 1Jn 2:2; 4:10
  7. 2 Peter 1:4 …you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. NIV Cf Jn 1:12,13; 2 Cor 3:18; Eph 4:23-24; Col 3:10; Heb 12:10

7 thoughts on “Word made Flesh

  1. Pascal Michel

    What an amazing truth is the new creation that would set men free from empty religion. That God lived among us and that we should partake of the divine nature. If men knew this they would gladly lay down their works but men loved darkness rather than Christ the light. Love these devotions.

  2. Lesley Fewson

    How often do our thoughts stray from the true meaning of Christmas. What an impact this devotion has when we stop and listen to what the Spirit is imparting through these words. With a resounding AMEN, please keep these coming.

  3. Mel Blakiston

    Glory to God in the highest, who has paid such a price to draw us to Himself. Let us, who are of the house of God, remember His goodness and proclaim His salvation now and forever.

  4. stormielee

    Amen.

    How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! 1 John 3:1

    How amazing is this love, grace and mercy of our heavenly father. That one day we might behold His glory! That we can participate in the divine nature of God.

    Let us recognize these words of life before us and not put back on the old creation but rather clothe ourself in the righteousness of Christ Jesus, our Emmanuel.

  5. Maryleen Henri

    O How wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ for His people. All we can do is respond in worship and adoration to the One and Only who at the Cross made it possible for us – once enemies of God – to become new creations and to be called sons and daughters of the Living God. Let us His people always proclaim His love, His grace and mercy. To God be all the glory forever. Amen!

  6. Adrienne Michel

    Because of God’s love for the world HE gave His only Son (John 3:16). Because of Christ’s love for His Father, HE endured God forsakeness.

    How can we ever deny the love of the Father and moreover, how can we continue to choose darkness rather than live in the light?

    May HIS name, the name of Jesus, be glorified now and forever. May our eyes remain on HIM, our lips confess only HIS majesty, and our lives reflect HIS glory.

  7. Jordiesunshine

    Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the thing’s that are under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chassing after the wind.

    And yet our eyes still wander from light to darkness even when we are shown the divinity of our God displayed in his grace and mercy. meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless out side the son, the glorious light who shines on a hill top un-hidden by even the clouds of darkness. How can we stray from the shepherd when he is our safety and security, our healer and protector, our provider and deliverer, our one true Lord and saviour.

    Matthew 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surelly I am with you always, to the end of the age.

    teach and obey his everything.
    Amen.

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