The Word Became Flesh

Part Six of the Christmas in a Word Series


And so Christ came into this world at Christmas as a tiny baby. “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 1:14) The eternal and living Word who spoke all of creation into being now lay helpless and speechless himself in the arms of his mother, Mary. Yet as he grew to be a man he would speak once again – words of power and wisdom, words of grace and truth which revealed his glory.

He would speak to the demons, and the demons would flee. He would speak to the elements, multiplying bread and turning water into wine. He would speak to the wind and the rain, and the storm would obey his voice. He would speak to illness and bring health. He would speak to death and bring resurrection and life.

Matthew tells us: “The crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.” (Matthew 7:28-29) When the temple guards who were sent to arrest him came back empty handed, the chief priest and the Pharisees asked them, “Why didn’t you bring him in?” “No one ever spoke the way this man does,” the guards declared. (John 7:45-46)

“In the past God spoke . . . through the prophets . . ., but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2) Songwriter Michael Card put it this way:

        God spoke the incarnation, and so then was born the Son.
        His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.
        Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way divine.
        And so was born the baby who would die to make it mine.
            – Michael Card, “The Final Word”

The long awaited Savior had come at last. The Word of God became flesh.

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1 Comment

  1. Sharon Gamble says:

    My favorite quote from this series: “The eternal and living Word who spoke all of creation into being now lay helpless and speechless himself…” Gives me such a feelng of awe, that God would do that for ungrateful creatures like me. Thanks, Ray, for helping me reflect on what really matters this Christmas!!

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