advent the word became flesh

Advent: The “Word” Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

Christians celebrate the season of Advent four weeks leading up to Christmas. “Advent” means “coming,” as it refers to the first and second coming of God’s Son, Jesus Christ.

During this season, Christians spend 40 days preparing their hearts and minds through diligent prayer, fasting, and repentance, looking back to the birth of Jesus and looking forward to his return to consummate his eternal kingdom.

The humble entrance of Jesus Christ into human history is beautifully captured in the first 18 verses of John’s Gospel, the section commonly known as the Prolog.

The Gospel of John uniquely begins, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Verse 14 indicates that the “Word” is Jesus Christ.

Why does John use the word “Word” to describe Jesus?

God's "Word" is a beautifully loaded concept that describes Jesus perfectly:

God's Word Is His Creating Power

God’s words are distinct from God, but they are also the embodiment of God’s heart, mind, and will – as is Jesus.

So, in this way, the Word was with God (distinct), and the Word was God (Divine).

Ten times in Genesis 1, God “said,” and it was so. With no point of reference, God spoke the existence of our complex and stunning universe into being by His Word.

God’s words are breathed out by his Ruakh – his “breath.”

Ruakh is one word in Hebrew that is translated into both “breath” and “spirit.” God’s breath (His Spirit) is the animating power of which He gives life to all creatures. As our words and breath are interconnected, so are God’s Word and Spirit.

Psalm 33:6 – “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host.”

God's Word Is His Revelation

Our words are the most explicit expression of who we are.  When God speaks, He is revealing His nature, character, will, and purpose.

Finally, in human history’s climactic movement, God sends His Word, his clearest self-expression, as the person of Jesus Christ.

This means that everything we need to know about God can be seen in the life and character of Jesus.

Just as God sent His Son into the world, so Jesus sends his followers into the world.

“Just as you have sent me into the world, so I send them into the world.” – John 17:18. This sender-sent relationship provides the paradigm for Jesus’ relationship with his followers.

God sends His Son; His Son sends us. 

God's Word Is His Salvation

Psalm 107 is a summary of how God delivers his people. In verse 20, the psalmist says, “He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”

The context is God’s people crying for help, and God sends His Word to rescue and heal them.

This is not only a physical healing but also a return to the Promised Land. The Promised Land represents peace and security (Shalom). Jesus is our equivalent to Israel’s Promised Land. He (Jesus) is our inheritance of shalom.

God's Word Is Truth

Psalm 33:4 – “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”

God’s Word is “Right.”

Jesus continues this theme in John 17:17 by saying, “Your word is truth.” When God sends his Word, we know to trust it because, in it, no wrong exists.

His Word will never misinform us or provide ill counsel. Thus, when God sent his Word, he sent truth to us in the form of a person, His Son. 

God's Word Was Sent to Accomplish His Purpose

Isaiah 55:10-11 – “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth… so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that with I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”

God sent his Word to accomplish his ultimate purpose for humanity.

In Jesus, everything that God put forth to finish was successfully executed. When Jesus breathed his last, he uttered, “It is finished.”

Just as we have confidence in the rain and snow, so our trust can be in Jesus that he accomplished all God planned for humanity.

God was formerly known through the law. Now he is known through a man that we can see and experience.

God has become graspable in Jesus. And where God’s glory once resided in the temple, now He is known to us through the person and work of Jesus.

He is God’s clearest self-expression, creating power, truth, and salvation- He is God’s Word become flesh.

Advent Is a Season of Hope for a Weary World

The season of Advent is for the weary, the exhausted, and those who are troubled in spirit.

Giving hope for greater things to come, those celebrating Advent can look forward to a thrill of hope that Christ will bring in his second coming.

It is a season of peace; a season of yearning for God’s word and presence.

As Christ came in his humility, he will come again in glory, power, authority, and justice.

All things will be made right, and a new creation will dawn as the Kingdom of God will take conclusive reign upon the earth.

Christmas is the “good news of great joy” for the tired and broken hearted.

Those who belong to, and believe in Jesus will be made well; and through him, our weary souls can rest.

Be a light.