December 6: The Word Became Flesh (John 1:14-18)
This Sunday Nik Lingle will continue the Christians and Culture series at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
We will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday, as we do the first Sunday of each month. In preparation for this visible celebration of the gospel, please take time to consider the state of your soul. Resolve conflicts that you have ignored, repent of sins that you have hidden, and consider the great love of a Savior who has reconciled us to God by his death and resurrection.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have 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 God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. (ESV)
John’s goal in writing his gospel is to declare God’s plan to redeem the world by sending his unique and eternal Son. John 1:14-18 explains the nature of the divine Son as coming in flesh and blood, as a human just like us. It is the infinite squeezing into the finite and eternity squeezing into temporality. John encourages us with three mind-expanding truths: Jesus condescended to come in flesh to dwell with us; Jesus came to display God’s glory before us; and Jesus came to declare the truth and grace of God to us so that we might be delivered from a kingdom of darkness and brought into a kingdom of his only Son. Consider the infinite value of his condescension: his divine glory humbled by taking on flesh.
Review and Apply
1. How does vs. 14 (and verse 1) show the divinity of Jesus?
2. Give several reasons of the importance that Jesus took on ‘flesh’?
3. How does his incarnation encourage you in this life?
4. How would you describe the glory of God to another?
5. How much do you make of the gift of ‘from his fulness we have all received grace upon grace’?
6. How does his condescension to sinners lead us in ministry? Give examples.