THE WORD BECAME FLESH
“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 1:14 (NIV)
What a power-packed statement! Not a baby-in-a-manger, once-a-year story but an eternal reality which changed history and the destinies of millions who believe in Him. Jesus came from the other side, stepped down from His elevated position with the Father, put on flesh and ‘tabernacled’ for a while right among His own people. John adds his own testimony, ‘We have seen His glory…full of grace and truth.,’ perfect and complete. Not many people saw His glory. Oh! They saw Him alright, but they neither recognised nor acknowledged the Father’s glory He was here to display.
The real Jesus, the second Person of the Godhead, the one who was constantly interacting with His people for thousands of years, the one who spoke with both mercy and severity, came Himself, disguised as a human being, living in the tent of a human body for a little while like His people in the wilderness, to show and tell the whole story of redeeming love.
What did John and his fellow-disciples see? They saw the perfect balance of grace and truth in action. He Himself was the fulfilment of everything the tabernacle – the ‘mishkan’ – represented, body, soul and spirit; the body tamai – unclean; the soul tahor – clean through the sacrificial blood and the spirit qodosh – holy and acceptable to God, able to approach His throne in the Holy of Holies.
Through the revelation of grace and truth that He brings in Himself, those who believe in Him are made both clean and holy through the offering up of His own blood which was sprinkled on the mercy seat to make atonement for the sin of the world.
Grace and truth are the whole picture, God, acting out of the fulness and perfection of who He is; grace satisfies the demands of His love and truth the demands of His justice. But it all swings on the voluntary response of each individual human being. Jesus came, presented Himself to the world and delivered His message by being the message. Every human being who sees and hears the message can either recognise or reject what he sees and hears and take full responsibility for that choice. But for John the issue was clear and he saw and believed.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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