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
John’s designation of Jesus as “the Word” greatly intrigues me. The everlasting God “became flesh and dwelt among us.” The Creator of the universe took on human flesh and entered our human existence in order to save us from our darkness and sins.
In Revelation John referred to Jesus as, “The Word of God” (Rev. 19:13). Jesus stated that the Scriptures “bear witness about me” (John 5:39). Paul wrote that the Law and the Prophets bear witness to His righteousness (Rom. 3:21). When we consider Jesus as “the Word,” we consider that God’s very words in the Old and New Testament express the person and work of Jesus Christ. The written word and the living Word are identical.
All that God had expressed in the Old Testament by way of promises, blessings, and commandments “became flesh and dwelt among us.” Two verses that clearly teach that are: “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matt. 3:15), and, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (Matt. 5:17). Jesus came to fulfill all right living, expressed in the Law and the Prophets. That also included His death for our sins in accordance with God’s righteous law. All that we are to be, He is! All that we are to fulfill, He did! All that we are to suffer for our sins, He suffered!
Throughout His life the disciples saw His glory—His excellence—in all His being and doing. The beauty of His life showed forth the glory “as of the only Son from the Father,” not to be imitated as though we can produce our own righteousness, but to be received by faith in humble adoration. He manifested a life of boundless grace and truth, delivering us from our sins and deception.
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