Everyone has their favorite Bible verse, that one verse that has really spoken and has had a lasting impact on your life. Mine is Phillipians 1:6, followed by Zephaniah 3:17. But let me share with you what I believe to be one of the most amazing verses in Scripture. By “amazing” I mean incomprehensible, incredible, beyond the capacity of the human mind to fully grasp it. For me, it is John 1:14 “The Word became flesh”!
John’s statement is more amazing when it is seen in the light of John 1:1 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Notice the differences. In John 1:1 the Word “was”. In John 1:14 the Word “became”. In 1:1 the Word was “with God” where in 1:14 the Word dwelt “among us”. In 1:1 the Word was “God” but in 1:14 the Word became “flesh”. The eternal, unchanging God “became” “flesh” and dwelt among “us”. How amazing!
John doesn’t say that the Word became a “man” although that’s true. Neither does he say that He became a “human”, or even that He took to Himself a “body” although both are true. But, the Word became “flesh”. This is a way of saying that He became a complete person with a body, soul, spirit, emotions. A complete person just like we are.
We also notice that the Word didn’t pretend to be a man or play at being human. The Word “became” flesh. The Word did not “come down” in a complete body. The Word did not enter into flesh, as if to say that there was a man, a human being, into which the Word entered to dwell. He doesn’t say the Word “dwelled” or “abided in” human flesh. What John means is that the eternal Word, God the Son, entered into this world by being born as a human being.
When we speak of the Incarnation we mean that two distinct natures, divine and human, are united in one person, Jesus. Jesus is not two people, God and man. He is one person, He is the God-man. When the Word became flesh He did not cease to be the Word. The Word did voluntarily restrict the use of certain divine powers. But God did not and cannot cease to be God. In other words, when the Word became flesh He did not commit divine suicide so to speak.
When the Word once became flesh He became flesh forever. After His earthly life, death, and resurrection, Jesus did not shed Himself of the flesh or cease to be a man. He is a man even right now sitting at the right hand of God the Father. He is also God. He will always be the God-man.
Now we need to ponder what this means to us. Don’t think that this is just some theological supposistion. This is a truth on which our eternal destiny hangs upon. This is a truth of which the reality will capture our attention and cause us to sink in our own eyes. Without the God-man Jesus we would have no hope. This incarnation in absolutely essential for the payment of sin. Praise God for the God-man Christ Jesus!
Do you believe this to be one of the most important verses in Scripture?