April 15, 2013
It’s been a few days since I have been able to spend significant time in the Word. We moved into the new house over several days. Those days also included several trips to the ER and urgent care for Judith with a kidney stone and complications from it. We also had some minor car trouble requiring a tow. The move wasn’t bad, but it was exhausting. The truck was overweight so we had to wait a little longer to get all of our stuff, but that wasn’t a big deal. We just missed tornados in Rockmart on the way back to Rainbow City and were thankful that the Lord kept us safe through all of that. The rest of our stuff is supposed to arrive today. It will be a busy day, yet again, but I am happy to be digging back into Scripture again.
14-18: The first few words, “And the Word became flesh” are powerful. After John’s introduction of Jesus as one with God, the very Word of God, His Wisdom, these words should be shocking. He became flesh, something He created, something beneath Him. Beyond that, He “dwelt among us.” I cannot imagine the smells of those days, what it would have been like to take on something as fragile as flesh and all that goes with it, to dwell among rebellious creatures. Yet He was “full of grace and truth.” John, to me, seems to be in awe, and rightly so, as he writes this. I sense great humility as he considers the privilege of being with Jesus.
John the Baptist’s testimony further shows Jesus’ deity here because we know that Jesus was conceived and born just after John. Yet John the Baptist says “He existed before me.” John the Apostle then sets Jesus above Moses. I wonder what it was like for a Jew of that time to realize he had found someone greater than Moses. Was it hard to come to that realization?
Henry notes that this “dwelling” is that of God’s glory “dwelling” in the Tabernacle, hence John’s talk of us experiencing His glory. He also notes that the glory is as that of the Father rather than like. It is the same and only Christ is worthy.
I don’t know if any of the other Gospel writers expressed the magnitude of Jesus’ incarnation as well as John. Such writing tells me John must have been Spirit inspired and guided to have explained this inexplicable truth with such beauty and even clarity for something so profound.