IN THE BEGINNING 2
John 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Have you ever wondered what this phrase, “the Word became flesh”, is talking about? All Christians know that Jesus is called the Word, but why? How is it that this amazing person is called a word. If you think about it, a word is just a vocalized thought. We imagine something in our mind and then we speak it. Whose word is Jesus Christ? The obvious answer to that question is the Father. Jesus is the Father’s vocalized thoughts. Actually Jesus is the Father’s perfect idea of Himself. Christ is the radiance of the Father’s Glory. He is the Word of God. He is actually, as John said, God Himself. Albert Barnes spoke about this incredible mystery, check him out.
“In the beginning – This expression is used also in Gen 1:1. John evidently has allusion here to that place, and he means to apply to ” the Word” an expression which is there applied ” to God.” In both places it clearly means before creation, before the world was made, when as yet there was nothing. The meaning is: that the ” Word” had an existence before the world was created. This is not spoken of the man Jesus, but of that which ” became” a man, or was incarnate, Joh 1:14. The Hebrews, by expressions like this, commonly denoted eternity. Thus, the eternity of God is described Psa 90:2; ” Before the mountains were brought forth,” and eternity is commonly expressed by the phrase, “before the foundation of the world.” Whatever is meant by the term ” Word,” it is clear that it had an existence before “creation.” It is not, then, a “creature” or created being, and must be, therefore, uncreated and eternal. There is only one Being that is uncreated, and Jesus must be therefore divine.”
That is the conclusion Christians have been coming to for 2000 years, Jesus is divine. At Christmas time we celebrate the most incredible of all mysteries. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Deity entered into humanity. The Creator entered into His creation, amazing beyond words. Jesus has always been the Word of the Father. He has always been the only begotten Son of God. At Christmas we celebrate His birth as the Son of man. At Bethlehem, the Son of God took on human flesh, from that day He became the Son of man. As Charles Wesley said, “mild He lay His Glory by, born that man no more may die”. He lay His Glory as Son of God aside as He became the Son of man. No wonder the angels are singing. Maybe this Christmas you will discover the depths of this mystery, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory.”