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.
In a courtroom, there are two kinds of evidence: direct and circumstantial. Circumstantial evidence is evidence that can be inferred from other facts. Like with the resurrection, it can be inferred that Christ rose from the dead because by golly they put a body in the tomb and it’s not there now! Circumstantial evidence isn’t very strong and can be challenged in the courtroom.
Ahh, but direct evidence is another story. Direct evidence includes things like eyewitness testimony, which is much surer to believe than any other kind. Mary Magdalene met the risen Christ and went straightaway to the disciples and told them. It kind of blew their minds, like when have you ever seen a dead man rise? They struggled to believe. Thomas even defiantly stated he would not believe unless he could put his finger in Jesus’ palms and side!
Then came that wonderful day seen in John 20:24-29, when Thomas got his direct evidence. Jesus stood before him and challenged him to put his fingers in His palms and in His side! Thomas didn’t need to do that, seeing Jesus before him he finally got it right when he exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!!”
In the verses above, we have John the Baptist’s direct testimony about the divinity of Jesus. Across the Bible, we have so much evidence supporting that Jesus is God in the flesh. Folks really only have 3 choices they can make about Him. He could be a crook, a madman or who He said He was: the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of all.
If a crook or charlatan, He had the establishment of the day lined up to expose Him, and they couldn’t do it. Indeed, those sent to arrest Him couldn’t in John 7:46 because they exclaimed, “No man ever spoke like this!” No one could find fault or aberration in Him.
So my friends, that leaves the third option. He said He was God, the passage above says He is God and now it comes to you… What do you say about Jesus? Eternity rests on your answer!