Grace and peace to you from God our Father and our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In the name of Jesus, dear friends in Christ, we’ve spent a lot of time this morning reviewing the wondrous history of God’s plan of salvation from the promises in the OT to the fulfillment in the NT. Our final lesson is from the gospel of John. John was written a considerable time after the other gospels were already widespread. So, instead of focusing on the glorious events of Christmas, the Holy Spirit through the apostle John focuses us on the meaning of Christmas. And what I want to do briefly this morning is walk through just one verse, John 1:14: The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We’re going to focus on three parts of that verse: The Word, became flesh, and dwelt among us.
First the Word. How do you get to know someone? Well, I suppose there are a couple of ways. You can watch that person from a distance. You can sit at the mall or in Walmart and watch people and you’ll discover some things about them by watching the way they act. But you won’t really get to know them, will you? How do you find out about them? How do you find out where they are from, how do you find out about their family, what their interests, passions, likes, dislikes are? You ask them. The clearest way to get to know someone is through talking with them. To really get to know someone you talk to them. A person’s word is the clearest way we can get to know a person.
Here Jesus is called the “Word.” What do words do? Words communicate. You can know some things about God by inferring them from His creation, right? You can see He’s powerful, He’s wise, He’s creative. But God’s Word reveals to us clearly who God is. And if we want to know what God is like, to whom do we look? We look to Jesus. Jesus is the window into God. And what do we find out? We find out that at the center of this universe is God, and at the center of God is a love so deep that caused God to come into this world in order to rescue humans like you and me so that we might live forever with Him! What grace! Jesus, the Word, reveals the heart of God.
Second, the Word BECAME FLESH. There’s two things this tells us. God became flesh. First, flesh is vulnerable. Part of the reason God took on flesh was so that he could die. The book of Hebrews says that “he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death.” Jesus became human so he could suffer our punishment of death in our place! What grace! But second, he became flesh because we are also human. One of the names for Jesus is “Wonderful Counselor.” You see, the best counselors are those who have gone through what you’re going through and have come out on the other side. They can relate to you and help you. We have a God who knows exactly what it is like to be human because he took on human flesh. He knows hunger, thirst, loneliness, grief, betrayal, pain, rejection. Are you broke? So was he. Are you lonely? So was he. Are you facing death? So did he. You can go to him. He’s the wonderful counselor. Go to him.
Finally, the Word became flesh and MADE HIS DWELLING AMONG US. The word used here isn’t the normal word for “live” or “dwell” it’s actually “tented” or “tabernacled” among us. It brings to mind the OT tabernacle. That was that tent that they had to keep moving around. It was the place where God’s glory lived. It was right with the Israelites…but they couldn’t go in there. They couldn’t go into the Holy of holies and live. The only way that they could go into the Most Holy Place was through the blood of a sacrifice. What Jesus came into the world to do was to offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice to end all sacrifices, by His blood shed on the cross we have access to God forever and will enjoy God’s presence forever in heaven.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. What a glorious truth- The Word – Jesus shows us what’s in the very heart of God, He became flesh – you can go to him with whatever ails you, He has the medicine, and he dwelled among us so that we might dwell with him forever. What grace! Amen.