Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Word. He was not a phantom or a spirit when He ministered on earth, nor was His body a mere illusion. John and the other disciples had personal experience that convinced them of the reality of the body of Jesus (1 John 1:1-2). Even though the Apostle John’s emphasis in his Gospel is on the deity of Christ, he makes it clear that the Son of God came in the flesh and was subject to the sinless infirmities of human nature.
In his Gospel, John points out that Jesus was weary (4:6) and thirsty (4:7). He groaned within (11:33) and openly wept (11:35). On the cross, He bled (19:34) and died (19:30). After His resurrection, He proved to Thomas and the other disciples that He still had a real body (20:24-29), albeit a glorified one.
How was the “Word made flesh”? By the miracle of the Virgin Birth. Christ took upon Himself sinless human nature and identified with us in every aspect of life from birth to death. “The Word” was not an abstract concept of philosophy, but a real person who could be seen, touched, and heard. Christianity is Christ, and Christ is God.
Scripture for today: “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.
The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us” (1 John 1:1-2, NIV).
Also: Read the Scripture listed in today’s reading for deeper understanding.
Action assignment: Thank God that the Word became flesh so that you could pass from death to life and become a member of God’s royal family.
WARREN W. WIERSBE