The Incarnation (John 1:14)
The Incarnation - John 1:14
And the Logos became flesh and tabernacled with us; and we beheld the glory of Him; glory as of the Unique Son from the Father, the fullness of grace and truth. (GS trans.)
The Background of the Logos is all that God had done to prepare the world for Jesus; In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. All of the promises; all of the prophecies; all of the types and shadows. All of the extra-biblical revelations. Remember Don Richardson’s peace child?
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:1–4
The Foreground of the Logos - John is very aware of Mathew Mark and Luke’s Gospel. John almost certainly is writing after these Gospels have been circulating. John does not tell us very much that the Synoptic Gospels tell. This is intentional in order to complete the Four-Dimensional picture of Jesus. John does not repeat Luke’s birth narrative or Matthew’s genealogy or story of the angelic appearance to Joseph. He simply explains the fulness of Jesus as the Logos.
The Ground of the Logos - Jesus was born into a place. Into a culture, with human parents. The Son of God took on flesh and blood in a locale. He was laid in a manger in Bethlehem. You can go there. It is a real place. He was a Galilean boy, son of a carpenter. He had dirt under his fingernails. The ground of Galilee and Judea was under his feet. That dirt sunk between his toes.
It was the dust of Jerusalem that was trod by Jesus. It was wood from a tree that grew up around Jerusalem that was strapped to His back. It was thorns from Jerusalem that were hammered into his brow. This is the Incarnation. Jesus was a human being. He was real. In John 1:14 - the astounding, unimaginable, amazing, astonishing truth and historic reality that: THE WORD BECAME FLESH.
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more