“The Word Became Flesh” = Christmas

Pastor Arlin Sanford
Thursday, December 13, 2018

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Arlin Sanford

Journeys in Faith

On occasion, I’ve heard encouraging testimonies from those who had given up much to pursue full-time Christian service. Giving up dream homes, large salaries, or secure and ideal living situations, to follow the voice of the Lord responding to a “where ever, what ever, how ever”’ call.

As astounding as these accounts are, they don’t come close to the incredible news the Apostle John records in his gospel in chapter 1. He makes, what I think, is a startling statement in verse 16; “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us...”

Who is this “Word?”

He answers this in verse 1.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Who was the Word? God!

The Bible teaches that in the nature of One God there are Three Persons: The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The Word is the Son - The Son is the Word. Referred to as The Second Person of the Trinity until that glorious night where a simple manger in Bethlehem became the birthplace for the Son of God - Jesus. Theologically, that is referred to as the Incarnation.

Imagine. Ceasing to be what He eternally was — to become what He eternally was not. This One who was all God was now, not only all God but, also, all man. For the first time He would experience hunger, and tears, and pain. Even the “swaddling clothes” couldn’t offer the security He’d experienced from the beginning in a totally perfect environ. Then there’s the fact that He was subject to the normal bodily functions like that of any other baby.

Why would the Son be willing to endure these drastic circumstances? Why would the Father subject His Son to these drastic circumstances? Here-in lies the true meaning of Christmas.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn.3:16)

“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we (who have come to faith in Christ) should be called children of God; and such we are.” (I John 3:1)

Pascal said, “If a man loves a woman for her beauty, does he love her? No; for the small-pox which destroys her beauty without killing her, causes his love to cease. And if anyone loves me for my judgement or my memory, does he really love me? No; for I can lose these qualities without ceasing to be.”

Pascal recognized conditional love.

Such is not God’s love. His love is unconditional. He endured death on the cross even though He knew many people that He died for would reject His love. Too, this is a love that accepts us right where we are, with all of our flaws. That’s the true love of Christmas.

There is no greater gift given to man, then the gift of God through The Lord Jesus who laid down His life so we could have life. My prayer is that you discover this gift of eternal life which is amazingly close to those who are searching. It will be your merriest Christmas.