God in the Flesh (Advent 14)


You will probably hear the first chapter of John’s gospel read out if you go to church at some point over the Christmas period. It’s another passage that emphasizes the fact that Jesus is God, the eternal Son of God born among us. John refers to him as “the Word”.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it….

Word became flesh“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth…. And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” (John 1:1-18)

We see again the eternal existence of the Word – “the only Son from the Father”. And how in the fullness of time he “dwelt among us”. We see again (just as Paul says in Galatians) that those who believe in him are adopted and have “the right to become children of God.”

There is simply no escaping the fact that Jesus Christ, whilst arriving in humble circumstances, to humble parents, living as an ordinary carpenter, is presented to us as much more than that. The Jews expected a Messiah, a conquering king. He is much more than that. He was seen, during his ministry, as something of a healer and miracle worker. He is much more than that. He confounded the wisest Jews in the synagogues, as a teacher. He is so much more than that

Jesus Christ is the Son of God, who has existed from eternity, brought the universe into being, and whose dwelling among us was for our benefit, for our salvation. No wonder Christmas is so special for us.

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