“And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory…” (John 1:14)
What a wonderful idea! The Logos (the spoken Truth by which everything is created) became flesh and blood and lived with us. The Message spoken by God became a human person. The Gospel in skin. God in a body, “hanging out” with us. Wow! What an amazing idea! The glory of God walked around with us; eating, drinking, laughing, crying, like us and as such, showing us what God is like. “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father and you have seen His glory”.
This warrants admiration and even worship. Even if He remained on a distant mountain, invisible, speaking only to a favored Moses, or through special oracles and written words. To become human, but to remain aloof behind walls among the rich, powerful, exclusive or holy, one could still claim He was with us, but by appointment only. However, He became flesh and lived with us, with all kinds of people: poor, rich, religious, weak, powerful, sick, healthy, sinful and righteous. He purposefully went to where people were, ate with them and “hung out” with them.
But that’s not all. Apparently this is not only true of Jesus. The children of God are also to be defined as “the Word made flesh”. We too are to be God in a body. The Message must become flesh and blood, the Gospel in skin, real people indwelt by God and “hanging out” with those who want to know what God is like. We are containers of God’s glory walking, talking, eating, drinking, laughing and crying with them. What if it could be said of the children of God, “If you have seen us, you have seen our Father, and you have seen His glory”.
“Having so fond an affection for you, we were well pleased to impart to you not only the Gospel of God but also our own lives…” (1Thess 2:8)