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The Word Became Flesh

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 tells us that the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. When we read this in English, it loses a bit of its context and meaning. The word used for Word here is Logos in its original language. We get our English word logic from Logos which points to deep philosophical thought as well; in a legal setting, Logos would be used to form a logical defense.

This, in combination with John 1:1, says, "In the beginning, was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God," signifies that there is something deeper going on here than just the Word (Jesus) being born.

When we look back at the Law and the Old Testament, we can see that God used prophecy and foreshadowing to show how He planned to save the world. The Law, when given and scribed by Moses, was written on parchment made of animal skin. The Law was given on flesh. In the Law, death was required as payment for sin. Death was required for the Law to be given as it was written on flesh. We know that scripture states that Jesus fulfilled the Law. It says in Matthew 5:17-18 (ESV) Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Plainly put, the Law, God's Word, given on flesh, was fulfilled when God's Word became flesh and made His dwelling with us.

Incidentally, the word dwelling in its original context is the word we get tabernacle from. The word eskenosen (dwell) means He the Word pitched His tabernacle and lived with us. Of course, the Tabernacle walls were made of…. Yes, you guessed it, flesh, animal skins. So the Law, God's Word given on flesh, was housed in flesh within the tabernacle, which was made complete when the Word came in the flesh and tabernacled or dwelt amongst us. The reason to live a perfect, sinless life for the ultimate blood atonement for all of mankind.

This is how much God loves us. Just as He clothed Adam and Eve when they sinned with animal skins of flesh that required that beings death, so too did He Himself come in the flesh and make the blood atonement for us so that the requirements of the Law would be fulfilled and we are free.

Thank you, Jesus

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