The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 NIV
The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighborhood. John 1:14 (The Message)
The Incarnation is the penultimate event in human history. Earth is the visited planet. God was unable to get an adequate response from his Chosen People in the Old Testament. Their blessing was supposed to be a “blessing to all nations.” (Gen. 12) Instead of blessing the Gentiles, they made laws that said if you touched a Gentile then you became unclean and couldn’t worship in the Temple. Not quite the same feel as Gen. 12.
So God slowed Himself down to the point of visibility, and came as a baby.
Incarnation is a word that means in the flesh. The dictionary definition is: The doctrine that the second person of the Trinity assumed human form in the person of Jesus Christ and is completely both God and man. The first person of the Trinity is God the Father. The third person of the Trinity is the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the 2nd person of the Trinity was both God and man for his stay on earth. 100% God. 100% Man. It boggles the rational mind.
The key here is that we read John 1:1 which says that: In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John is giving us a little hint to whom he is referring by capitalizing the word “Word”. Jesus was not created. He has no beginning. He has always been. He was the creator of all things, the next line (John 1:2) says. The Alpha and Omega means that Jesus always was and He will always be.
However, for 32 years, he left His glory in heaven. Notice John 17:5 “Glorify me in your presence with the glory that I had…” (past tense) Jesus on earth was not exactly the same as Jesus in heaven. There was a change.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This is a mystery. How does God fit Himself into the body of a human? Jesus was the exact representation of God the Father. When you hear Jesus, you hear God. When you follow Jesus, you follow God. When you reject Jesus, you reject God. I know that you might react and say this is very narrow. Yes. Take that up with Jesus.
Humans can take a look at the Incarnation, God made flesh, and see what God in heaven is like.
Since God is mystery, and completely other, He is incomprehensible. We only know about God what He has chosen to reveal. His revelation is mainly in the person of Jesus, not the religion that follows Jesus.
How do you see the person of Jesus? Could He have slipped into sin? Give me your comments.