In which gospels will you discover the Incarnation of Jesus Christ? Matthew and Luke provide 4 chapters detailing the birth narratives of Jesus, John summarizes this historic event with just a few sentences.
“In the beginning WAS the Word, and the Word WAS with God, and the Word WAS God.” (John 1:1) This impactful launching statement portrays the second person of the Trinity, the Word, with words. He existed in the beginning. He existed as a distinct person from God, yet He was God. Even at the beginning, God’s communication, the expression of who He was came through His word.
“The Word BECAME flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the FAther, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
WAS and BECAME. The order and clarity of these verbs is definite. The Word did not become God. He always WAS and will be God. He eternally existed as God. Yet He BECAME flesh.
We sing this truth – “Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail th’ Incarnate Deity, Pleased as man with men to dwell, Jesus our Emmanuel. Hark! The Herald Angels sing…”
We ponder this truth – “Beyond all question, (Paul writes to Timothy), the mystery of godliness is great: He appeared in a body,…”
We proclaim this truth – This is the season, through all the means possible, to declare the truth of the matter. As we were reminded yesterday morning through Pastor Rick Baker’s sermon, in His response to the questioning of Pilate, Jesus answered, “You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
I wonder this year how many people really understand what the Incarnation is all about. It seems to me, many maintain the label, but lack the contents of what CHRISTmas is all about. WAS and BECAME (John 1:1,14) declares the truth of who Jesus is and launches us on a query into precisely why He came. As C.S. Lewis said, “The Son of God became man, so that men could become sons of God.”