“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Ten words. That changed everything.
In an instant, everything changed. It was all in God’s divine plan. All in His divine providence. All founded in His divine initiative.
Decades later (and especially a century later), the incarnation would be at the center of debate. There were many who questioned the validity of the Word becoming flesh. It wasn’t entirely Christ’s deity that was under scrutiny. It wasn’t solely His humanity that was doubted. It was the mental gymnastics required to accept that He was both. Divine and human. Simultaneously. Upon initial consideration, can we blame them? We have the benefit of 2000 years of theology. But the reality that Christ was 100% God and 100% human, you have to admit, is a doctrine that must be based solely upon faith. Because it makes no earthly sense.
But He was. Christ was with God in the beginning (John 1:1). And then He became (John 1:14). He became, He took on flesh, and He lived and walked and ministered among us. The incarnation is intended to blow our minds. And it should! That God was willing, that Christ was willing, to “take on the nature of a servant” and be made “in human likeness” and to become “obedient to death – even death on a cross!” (Philippians 2:1-11) should amaze us! It is certainly designed to.
And the amazement of the incarnation must not end there. Because the wonder of it all is that Christ is “incarnate” in us (if we can use that terminology). God is revealed “in the flesh” when His people live out our calling as those who belong to Him.
“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Verse 27 comes at the conclusion of an entire section of Paul’s letter to the Colossian church which centers upon the incarnation of God in Jesus. He then transitions to the incarnation of Christ, in us!
That a holy God would, through His perfect Son, reside within an unholy and imperfect people should amaze us! It is certainly designed to. Our reality as those who have been sanctified by the Spirit purposes you and I to reveal His deity in our humanity. In our divine and human nature(s). Christ is us, the hope of glory.
“The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us” (John 1:14). Ten words. That changed everything. Ten words. That change us still.
Glory to God!