Posted On: December 23, 2015 • Author: Pastor David Bousquet • Category: Articles
“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.”
As Christmas approaches and we finalize our shopping and baking it is essential that we take some time to recognize several wonderful elements of this verse. First, the Word was made flesh. Think of the wonder of this phrase. The Word of God, the Son, was made flesh. Emmanuel was born. God with us. Not just another baby, not just another boy, it was God himself wrapped in human flesh who was born. God choosing to dwell with his own rebellious creation. God humbling himself to be cared for by frail humans, who could not begin to comprehend the fullness of who he was. God becoming not only involved, but becoming a part of the very people that he desired to save. We see love and tenderness. We see hope and joy.
Second, this verse says that he would dwell among us. He did not come for a moment, but for a life. He came to connect personally with mankind. He came to experience our frailty and our temptations. He came to endure pain, suffering, and infirmity. He came to dwell with us, so that we would be able to dwell with him.
Third, the glory of God was beheld by man. Moses wanted to see the full glory of God, but was only allowed to get a glimpse. The glory of the Lord filled the Holy of Holies. Man finally was given the opportunity to see the glory of God without fear of death, because Christ dwelt with man. God was in the presence of man without the need for a sacrifice or an intercessor.
Finally, he was full of grace and truth. His holiness and his mercy were full and seen and experienced by man. We were able to see that fulfillment of the Law was accomplished, and that a way was opened up to have direct access to God through the grace of Christ. Praise God for the fullness of grace and truth.