John 1:1-5, 14 (NIV)

John 1:1-5, 14 (NLT)

1:1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Here at the start of John’s Gospel we read about Jesus.  Christ Jesus is both the Eternal Word (verse 1) and the Word become Flesh (verse 14).  That is, here we see both the deity and humanity of Jesus.  Jesus is both God and Human, one person, the only Son of God.

Jesus is God to save us and pardon us from sin.  He is also Human in coming to earth, born of Mary, becoming “flesh.”  He knows and understands what it is to live on this earth, where there is both joy and suffering, birth and death, and more.

Yes, there is a mystery to how this can be; for God is far greater than we can completely understand or comprehend.  Yet this mysterious God and God-Man in Jesus, through whom whole all things were created, as John writes, deeply love us.  The light of his life and love shines into our lives, even in and through the darkness of this world. Nothing can overcome the light of Jesus.

Give thanks today for Jesus who came to earth to live among us, die for us, and rise again for us.  Rejoice in the mystery of his unfailing love and grace, and presence with us always, through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The grace, peace, and love of Jesus be with you, Amen!