The Word and Incarnation
“He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, and yet the world did not recognize Him. (11) He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. (12) But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. (14) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (15) (John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, "This was the One of whom I said, 'The One coming after me ranks ahead of me, because He existed before me.'") (16) Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from His fullness, (17) for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (18) No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father's side – He has revealed Him.” - John 1:10-18
Concept Summary – The God we can hug.
You know, I kind of feel sorry for Jesus’s earthly brothers and sisters. Can you imagine growing up with literally a perfect brother in the family? His perfection must have been galling as it spotlighted their sinfulness. If you read the gospels closely, you’ll find as Jesus started His ministry they thought He’d finally gone nuts.
In Mark 3:20-21, we see how they processed their big brother. I find it amazing, though, that even Mary, his mother, sought to have him restrained as you discover reading further in Mark 3:31-35. Funny how the world’s thinking creeps into our minds; even the best of us can get confused.
Ever have something similar happen to you? I accepted Christ while in the Navy, and when I came home on leave I excitedly shared what I’d discovered with my folks. I can still remember my father shaking his head and my mom patting my arm saying, “Don’t worry, it’s just a phase. You’ll grow out of it.”!! That was the first bucket of cold water thrown on me as I shared about Jesus. They so didn’t get it.
Indeed, though, as time went on its good to discover Jesus’ family got the picture eventually. We see Mary and his brothers gathered in the upper room in Acts 1:14; it’s assumed they were part of the group on the day of Pentecost too!
We even have two books in the Bible that were written by His brothers. The book of James and Jude were written by Jesus’ brothers. Just read how they processed their Big Brother in those books. Jude 25 reads, "to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now and forever. Amen." He finally had gotten his Big Brother right!
Have you discovered that the Jesus who was born in a stable is God incarnate yet? It’s a great day when you do. Then you, like James and Jude, will call Him Lord as well!