The Word Became Flesh!

Tim Brown

READ : John 1:1-18

And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . . (v. 14)

The fourth voice in our chorus of gospel witnesses belongs to John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, and in nine short words he tells us of the mystery of the incarnation. And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . . Are there words more encouraging than these?

To a youngster maliciously left out of the crowd, the Gospel writer urges us to say, And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . .

To an elderly person painfully put in the home, the Gospel writer urges us to say, And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . .

To a mother holding a starving child, helpless to cut the edge of her hunger, the Gospel writer urges us to say, And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . .

To everyone, everywhere, the Gospel writer urges us to say, And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . .

John Calvin, the spiritual forbear of many in the Reformed tradition, writes this in a beautiful section of The Institutes of the Christian Religion: “Since we see that so great a store of every good thing abounds in him, let us drink our fill from this fountain and from no other!”

And the Word became flesh and lived among us . . .

PRAYER

Blessed be you, O God, for the Word made flesh! Amen.