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“The Word Became Flesh”

 

"And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:14

This is an incredible passage to think about. Jesus who is fully God (John 1:1), fully became flesh (Colossians 2:9). Have you stopped to consider all that this entailed? As a human, Jesus would have experienced the same things we experience - being tired, hot in the summer, cold in the winter, bruises, bumps, scrapes. There are some things we can only wonder, such as did Jesus ever get sick? Did He ever have a runny nose or cough? We know Jesus experienced hunger (Matthew 4:2), and thirst (John 19:28). We know that He knew what it was like to be exhausted (John 4:6). Jesus felt the warmth of a loving embrace (John 20:16-17), and the joy of holding little children (Mark 10:13-16). Yet our Savior also endured the suffering of Calvary, the beatings (Luke 22:63), scourging (Mark 15:15), crown of thorns (Mark 15:17), and being nailed to a cross (Mark 15:24). 

Why did Jesus become flesh? Why did He live among us? Why did He lower Himself to experience the particulars of the flesh? Luke 19:10 - He came to seek and save the lost. See Hebrews 2:14-18 - through becoming flesh, and His death on the cross, Jesus crippled Satan, purchased our freedom (the forgiveness of sins - Hebrews 9:26), and has become our merciful and faithful high priest. Praise the Lord for our wonderful Savior who became like us, who became flesh!