The Word was Made Flesh—What does this mean?

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14 KJV)

The verse above is the most outstanding and astonishing of all scriptures —the Word of God became flesh. What does this mean? The three key terms that need to be interpreted together are “ Word,” “made”  and “flesh.”

The Word was already introduced from verse 1 as clearly  God Himself. Please note this verse did not say the “the words of God became flesh” but the Word became flesh. This immediately should discard every interpretation that means the words of God became fulfilled or came to pass. The Word was made flesh is not the same as saying God’s words got accomplished. It far supersedes that. It means God’s being, His very self, who for all eternity has always been spirit, now became a human being. And that is forever. This has never happened before and it will never happen again.

The second important phrase to consider is “was made”. The Greek word used here means “to enter or assume a certain state or condition.” God took upon Him the human nature and condition of being.  The last term “flesh” sums it all. It is a figurative use of the word “flesh” to refer to a human being. In essence, it was saying the divine being become a human being. This event has also mesmerized angels, to see the glorious One, who is higher than the heavens, as a Human Being. The angels asked, “what is man that You are mindful of him?”. They can’t understand. He became a Man and yet died as a  vulnerable and helpless sinner. Oh the love and the grace of our wonderful Savior for us!

MEDITATE

Why is Jesus described above as the very glory of the Father? Also see Heb. 1:2-3.

APPLY THE WORD

Are you ready for this statement I am about to make? —As God came into our world to partake of humanity, so He has brought us into His world to partake of divinity! The new creation is a heavenly man. Be conscious of your identity and begins to exude the brightness of His glory.

PRAY

What else can we say but “thank you Lord” for such a tremendous step He has taken for us. Please join the saints to bless His Name at this time. 

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