‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men…….. 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.’- The Gospel of John
In this poem, we find a sacred mystery of faith.
The Word, the Logos—God's presence made manifest—was there in the beginning. This Logos, this personality, was simultaneously God and in relationship with God. The Logos is the creator of all things; he is the life-giver and the light-bringer, a pre-existent power and personality—both God and with God—who became flesh and dwelt among us.
When God speaks, he gives of himself, and it looks like Jesus, full of grace and truth.
Pastor-Theologian Brian Zahnd puts it like this: 'Jesus' humanity was not a costume or a disguise; it was his true identity. Jesus's divinity was enfleshed in genuine and authentic humanity.'
The sacred mystery, the most profound marvel: the eternal Word of God, begotten by the Father, assumed human form. The Logos, the creator, clothed in flesh and embodied as a human being.
The sacred mystery of the incarnation in which the architect of the vast universe condescended to the state of a zygote, the cosmic author and creator taking on the form of a fetus.
The sacred mystery of the incarnation in which the 'all-powerful one' manifested as an olive-skinned, vulnerable baby.
The sacred mystery of the incarnation in which the being whom angels worshipped progressed from infancy, growing in wisdom and stature as a child, traversing adolescence, and finally maturing into a man.
God of God, Light of Light,
Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God, begotten, not created;
O come let us adore him.
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born for our Salvation;
Jesus, to Thee be the glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, Now in the flesh appearing,
O come let us adore Him.
- Swales, 2023