GOSPEL MEDITATION # 5
The Word Become Flesh
- Find a quiet place, alone and apart from distractions.
- Be comfortably alert, still and at peace.
- Say the Lord’s Prayer. Sing or cant the Jesus Prayer
- Pray for family, friends, neighbors, and yourself.
- Slowly and carefully read the passage of Scripture.
- Reread it. From memory, determine the central points.
- “And the Word became flesh”—Word comes from Logos a Greek word with the idea of the ultimate wisdom of God. By way of a miracle eclipsing even the creation of the universe, God becomes human.
- With the use of the word “flesh” is meant that the Logos is vulnerable to all that humans are including death.
- “And dwelt among us”—here meaning present with humans not as a spirit or abstract concept but fully here.
- “We have seen his glory”—John, as well as the apostles and thousands of others, beheld the miracles, heard His words, and were transformed by His grace.
- “Glory” —for a Jew like John, “glory” would have meant Jesus in their midst is God in their midst.
- “Only son of the Father”—meaning the utterly unique one of which there is not or ever will be another, this only Son (monogenous in Greek) is deity just as the Father is.
- “Full of grace and truth”—here the absolutely unimaginable combination of attributes, grace and truth, a concept beyond the imagination of the human mind, the Word is.
- Grace, the saving love of God; truth, ultimate reality—describes the Word become flesh who is in person, grace and truth.