“The Word became flesh” (John 1:14)

In John 1:14 John declares what is perhaps the most remarkable statement in all of the New Testament, namely, that God became a man. God became incarnate.

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.

The greatness of that first Christmas morning isn’t in the presents brought by the Magi for the Child. It isn’t the remarkable drama of a mother-to-be and her husband traveling from home while very pregnant and not finding a place to stay only to end up in a cattle trough. No, the greatness of that first Christmas morning is that God became a man. The Word who is God, became flesh. He came as a man for man. And John was an eyewitness to his glory.

Jesus is our Savior because he is both God and man. He is God and therefore his sacrifice for sinners will be sufficient to meet the demands of a holy God. And he is man so that he could be “made like his brethren in all things” (Heb. 2:17). He came and identified with man and no other creature.

What a life-changing truth. We have all the motivation in the world in living our life for his glory. We are loved by a God who himself sacrificed for us that we might know him. He desired us. He desired to know us so that we might know him. And now we can love, because he first loved us.

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