DAY 3 : WORD MADE FLESH John 1:1-5, 14-18
Think back to Genesis, the creation, to the very beginning; how did it all happen? There is nothing, a formless void. Then, “God said…” - words spoken. And from those spoken words, came life.
This Word “was life and the life was the light of men.” - Jesus, the word made flesh (John 1). Word and language are so very powerful because they are from the same creative stock. And the powerful, creative Word doesn’t stop at creation and information, it becomes personal and intimate - flesh and blood; a Person. But also more than just a person, it is the Creator himself, wearing skin and still somehow “full of grace and truth” and the One in whom “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell” (Col. 1:19)
But remember yesterday? He was in a barn, in diapers. How are we to reconcile that? How are we to see this mind-bending mystery for what it really is? Did Mary (and Joseph) see it clearly there in the barn? They did have angelic visions. They did certainly have much faith. But it seems to me, by coming as a baby and not as a grown man, that this is a reality that is going to take time to grow into for us. I don’t think God is in a huge hurry for us to get it all now before we leave the barn for home.
It takes time for a baby to grow to a boy and then to a man. It will take time for us to understand and know and experience the depths of the reality of this as well.
Morning Pause: Try to think today about the importance of the word and your words. How much you rely on them, what you would do without them.
Afternoon Pause: Is there anything you have noticed about your words and word that you hadn’t noticed before?
Evening Pause: As you reflect back on your day and what you have experienced and noticed, how would you rewrite (translate?) John 1:1-5, 14-18 for a friend who doesn’t know Jesus today?