The Word Became Flesh

David Bast

READ : John 1:1-14

“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.” (v. 14)

“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” What e=mc² is to physics, this sentence is to human history. It’s one of those simple statements whose implications are so radical it changes everything that comes afterward.

With Christ’s birth the unimaginable has happened. The almighty and eternal God has become man in Jesus of Nazareth. He is God incarnate, literally, God “en-fleshed.” And those who recognize him for who he is bear witness to his glory.

It is impossible to accept what John writes in its full meaning and not become a worshiper of Jesus Christ. You can’t believe what John says and also believe that Jesus was merely someone with special spiritual powers. You can’t believe what John says and also believe that Jesus was only a good man, or a prophet with a highly developed understanding of God. You can’t believe what John says and be anything other than an orthodox Christian. In the words of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, “It is rashness to search too far into this truth. It is piety to believe it. It is eternal life to know it.”

PRAYER

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing, O come, let us adore him!