Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The word came and dwelt among us

Today I wanted to ask you something, Rabbi, but you threw this one at me :

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us".John 1:14. This is a simple and powerful statement. In John 1-1 the Word is not actually named. It is however described as coincident with the Lord and Creation."The word was with  God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3. One must therefore presume a simultaneous dichotomy as well as unity of the Word with  the Creator. "Word was with God, and the Word was God." 

And this Word became flesh and dwelt among mortals. Being confined to a mortal frame He had to choose a time and space for the incarnation. 

Why should the Word come and dwell among us? Are we worthy of such close attention from God ? Close enough to send part of Himself (. Apparently we are. "He who has ears, let him hear" says Mat11:15. Revelation 2:7 goes further - "'He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God." In genesis, the Lord specifically forbids the tree of knowledge. having eaten of the Tree of knowledge the progenitors of mankind are forever exiled from the garden of God. And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." (Genesis 3:22). And yet here in Revelation he gives grant to eat of the tree of life.

Says Revelation, this tree of life shall be made available to be partaken of. What more powerful statement can the incarnate Word make than to say that He has the power to bypass the injunction of the Lord who banished our progenitor. This is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. 

But why did the Word choose to dwell among us? Why should mankind be saved?  Maybe you will tell me some other time brother and Teacher. Till then, let me think about this.

John 1:14-18--.And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth.; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from Father. And from his fullness have we all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known."

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