Hope your week is going well.
This past week we continued our study of the Gospel of John by walking through John 1:14 and 18:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we saw his glory, glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth…No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, he has explained him.
In John 1:1 we learned that Jesus is the Word.
- In the beginning was the Word. He existed before the universe began. He isn’t just another prophet/teacher. He is above all because he existed before all (1:15).
- And the Word was with God. He has a unique relationship of love and glory with the Father. He is the beloved Son of the Father (John 1:18, 3:35). He shared the Father’s glory before the world began (17:5)
- And the Word was God. He is God. In the book of Exodus the Lord tells Moses his personal name: I Am. In John 8:58 Jesus takes the personal name of God and declares that it is his name. Jesus is God (also see John 20:28).
In light of this, John’s words in verse 14 are staggering: “And the Word became flesh.” God – without ceasing to be God – became what we are. Jesus – the Word – is fully God and fully man.
Why? Why did God become what we are?
In verses 14-18 John gives one answer to this significant question: he became what we are in order to show us who he is. “We saw his glory.” Jesus shows us the heart of the Father. When he speaks, he speaks the Father’s words (7:16). When he acts, he is doing the Father’s will (John 5:19). When he dies on the cross for our sins, he shows the Father’s heart for a lost world.