O Come, Let Us Adore Him – Advent Day 2 – The Word Became Flesh
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. (John 1:14, ESV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1, ESV)
The Scripture passage above contains one of the most significant truths of our faith—that the Word became flesh. This may seem puzzling to some who don’t have much background in biblical teaching. And really, it’s mysterious and jaw-dropping for those of us who have grown up in the church hearing Bible teaching our entire lives. What does it mean, though, and why is it significant?
First, there are two different Greek words for “word,” that much is obvious. There is the spoken word (rhema), and there is the word as a whole message (logos). This passage in John 1 talks about the Word becoming flesh—and this Word is Jesus. He is the embodiment of the whole message of the gospel. He is everything God wanted to tell us, thus naming Him as the Word!
The Word always was. This is hard for our finite minds to comprehend inside of time where everything has a beginning and an ending. We read above that in the beginning the Word already existed, the Word was with God, and was the very identity of God. Before the world was created, the Word was there, and though this is hard for us to understand, we simply accept it by faith.
Through the ages, God sent prophets and lifted up men and women to worship God and courageously tell others of His great power. The prophets would tell us that one day, in the city of Bethlehem, a Savior would be born. Each person who spoke this promise was human, marked by sin and the brokenness of this world. The world desperately needed a Savior, and the prophets could only point forward to a coming Messiah. So God sent His Son to be that Word—the One who would completely fulfill all the prophecies that God had set forth.
Prior to His birth in Bethlehem, Jesus existed. He came down from heaven, putting aside His heavenly glory to take on the flesh of man. His flesh did not—and could not—succumb to sin. He remained perfect and holy despite the temptations He faced as a human. The simple fact that He left His Father and the splendors of heaven to take on flesh for us reveals a love we cannot understand.
By taking on flesh, Jesus felt pain and sorrow, heartache and loss. He experienced death, and not just any death but a death unlike any other, the death of the cross. By taking on flesh, He was able to offer His body as the final and complete sacrifice for sin, satisfying God’s righteousness forever. Through His sacrifice, we can find redemption and salvation from our sins. We can be accepted by God through the work of His Son on the cross.
As we think again today of that manger scene, we see a tiny baby, yes, but we also see Christ the Word wrapped in swaddling clothes. This Child came to die on the cross to make us right before a holy and just God. Let’s not miss this amazing truth! May we lean in for a closer look at all this Word had to say to us. In Him is our hope, a hope that gives us eternal security! O come, let us adore Him—Hallelujah!