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2018 Advent Devotional – Day 22

The Word Became Flesh

Read John 1:1-18

At the heart of any good relationships is proper communications. All the love in the world for each other will not be able to count for much if both parties are not able to talk to each other. This is because it is only through talking and spending time together (including non-verbal communications) that we can know the heart, motivations, thinking, and intentions of the other party. In our passage today, we learn about “the Word”.

The God of the Bible has always been a speaking God, even in eternity past before creation. Because our God is a Triune God, there has never been such a time when our God did not “communicate”. In John 1:1-2, we read that this Word was there at the beginning, distinct from God but is also himself God. It is through this Word that all things were made. A deeper reflection on the nature of “words” itself sheds light on the relationship between this Word and God himself. “Words” are essentially a way of allowing someone to express their thoughts/feelings. Philosophers have tried to answer this question, “Which came first, words or thoughts?” (Try to answer that question to see how complicated the answer can get)

However, in the biblical worldview, both word and thought existed together from eternity past. God’s existence does not precede his expression. Rather God’s expression, his Word, is eternally constitutive of his life. The “Word” is God’s expression of who he is. It is out of this wonderful relationship that all of creation was brought into being by God’s word (cf. Gen 1). There is life in this Word, and he is the light of all mankind, shining in the darkness.

It is in verse 14 that we come to this spectacular verse – “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” God came to participate in our lives through his Word – Jesus Christ. He is the perfect expression and revelation of who God is. That is why Jesus is able to say, “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9) It is through Jesus that we can know this majestic, glorious and transcendent God. “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (v18)

It is because of God’s amazing grace to us that he has revealed himself to us in the person of Jesus Christ. This is what we celebrate on Christmas – that God has spoken to us by his Son (cf. Heb 1:1). And because he has spoken, we can have a relationship with him. We know who he is, and what is he like. We know his heart, his motivations, his thinking and more importantly, his love for us. “To those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”

As we go through our festivities this Christmas, let us praise God that we are relational communicative beings, just like God. We can build deep and meaningful relationships because that is what God is like. Above all, let us praise God for the ultimate deep relationship that we have with God as his children, because of Jesus Christ, the Word of God.

  • Pray that God will help us deepen our relationships and make new ones this coming Christmas, particularly with those who might be feeling lonely
  • Praise God for his Word made flesh to us in Jesus Christ, through whom we become children of God