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The Word Was Made Flesh

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God… And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:1, 2, 14).
What is the purpose of words? We tell other people what to do. We give other people advice on situations that they are facing. We comfort other people who are grieving loss. We teach our children what is right and wrong. So, in a nutshell, we use words to communicate with other people what we are thinking.
Why was Jesus called the Word in our opening verses? God wanted to communicate with the world what He was thinking. Up to that point, God had spoken His perfect message through imperfect men to tell the world what He was thinking. But now God wanted to clearly share with the world what He was thinking, so He used the divine Word, His very own Son.
Let’s look at several things that God wanted to tell the world.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The main reason that Jesus came to this earth was to redeem man from his sin. Jesus demonstrates how deep the Father’s love is when He came as a lowly baby, lived a lowly life, and died a lowly death on the cross. All of this is to redeem mankind, who had forsaken Him. There was no way that God could have communicated the extent of His love to us through words. It took the divine Word to come to the earth and show us by His life how much He loved us.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached (Luke 7:22). God has a heart for the hurting in this world. Jesus gave a lot of His time and energy to the people who were the outcasts, the hurting, the sick, and the sinners. He talked with the upper-class Pharisees, but most of His time was spent seeking out the needy around Him and ministering to their needs.
And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him (John 8:29). Numerous people down through the Old Testament pleased God, but all of them are imperfect examples for us. Jesus came and lived a perfect life that we are to follow. No one could perfectly show to the world how God wants us to live. Through Jesus, we have God's holy will lived out to perfection, just like He intends us to live.
In closing, what should our response be? First, we need to stop what we are doing and listen. There have been a lot of profound words that have been spoken, but until people listen to those words, they will not do any good. Secondly, we need to act on what we hear for the words to do any good. We need to respond in gratitude and accept Jesus’ blood on our lives so He can redeem us from our sins. Thirdly, we need to strive to live a holy life by patterning our lives after His perfect life. Lastly, Jesus left this world, and He does not speak to the world like He did when He lived here. He needs us as humans to speak His Word for Him to the world around us like He did. Do I seek out the elite religious people to spend my time with? Or do I have a heart for the lonely, destitute, and hurting people around me who need pointed to Jesus’ love and shown the way of salvation?