And the Word Became Flesh

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.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which gives light to 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. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) For 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

So much to be thankful for this morning, but nothing more so than receiving grace upon grace and the right to become a child of God from the fullness of the eternal Son of God. Jesus is truly the gift that keeps on giving. Merry Christmas!

B”H

4 thoughts on “And the Word Became Flesh

  1. Greg: I think a quick reading of the New Testament would perhaps end your puzzlement. Check out Jesus’ prayer to the Father in John 17:5 some time. He addresses his Father as Father and tells him to glorify him with the glory that they shared before the world was created. Hope that helps.

  2. Hi Nick,

    I appreciate your follow-up. I am a bit at a loss as to why Jn17:5 would be relevant. We know that Jesus was slain before the foundation of the world (Rev13:8), we know that the saints are elect before before the foundation of the world (Eph1:4), we know Jesus was loved before the foundation of the world (Jn17:24 – but apparently not after the foundation of the world???). Scripture formally teaches that Jesus was foreknown from before the foundation of the world (1Pet1:2)) – so certainly in this sense he had glory with God before the foundation of the world – even as the elect had glory with God before the foundation of the world – in Jesus Christ.

    Frankly – the notion of a person of God praying to another person of God to be glorified…hmmm… that doesn’t ring true at all. What about his glory AFTER the foundation of the world – and before the so-call “incarnation”, etc.??

    I think Jesus’ Hebraic and even parabolic speech in this instance is not only throwing the Jews – but also evangelicals.

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