And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 John *testified about Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’” 16 For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. (John 1:14-16)
The Greek word for “word” in John 1:14 is Logos, which refers to the moral precepts and utterances of God. John stated that the Word, the utterances and teachings of God, became ﬂesh. Jesus Christ was and is the physical representation of all God’s decrees—all of God’s grace and truth. More than that, the text also indicates that God Himself became human—He came as the God—man Jesus. John clarified that Jesus was more than an ambassador of the Word, more than a messenger of the Father, and more than a prophet of what was to come. Jesus is the Word made ﬂesh—the only God the Son.
The teachings God gave His people throughout the Old Testament pointed to the coming of Christ and His future work in the world. Jesus was sent to the world to reveal to us the kind of story God wants to tell: a story of grace. The long-awaited Savior arrived, and people personally saw the glory of the “Word made ﬂesh” with their own eyes. What an unspeakable blessing is was to personally witness and study the glory of the Lord, especially when so many Old Testament believers had long anticipated the arrival of the Messiah.
- Jesus represented all the moral precepts of God. What teaching or verse in the Word is the most challenging to you? Why?
- Why do you think some people are more apt to eagerly anticipate the release of a movie or the next iPhone upgrade than to eagerly wait the return of Jesus?