Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Word Became Flesh

The group which constitutes my Wednesday evening Bible Study has been going through a chronological version of the Bible.  We have just finished the Old Testament and are starting this week in the New Testament.  We are involved this week in looking through the pen of John, concerning Jesus' entrance into our world, where he came to dwell among us. Here's how John starts his gospel:

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. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Strangely different from the story of Jesus' birth as recorded by Luke, yet filled with information concerning the arrival Jesus as flesh and blood.  

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

If you are familiar with these verses from John 1, then you know already about the statements Jesus will be making, the miracles he will perform, and the lives he will be touching.  Read and reread John's first chapter and make the comparison with the other gospels. May we all become more familiar with these words which are "truth and life."

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