We have learned some wonderful, staggering truths from the Prologue to John's gospel. The same Living â€śWordâ€ť that â€śframed the worldsâ€ť also framed His own human body! When the â€śWord became flesh,â€ť He limited Himself to a finite body in time; yet He was â€śfull of grace and truth.â€ť The eternal Son of God did not cease to be God for one moment when He was incarnated in Mary's womb. He never left the â€śbosom of the Fatherâ€ť (John 3:13).
The word â€śdweltâ€ť in verse 14 literally means â€śtabernacled.â€ť When Jesus came to earth, He â€śpitched His tentâ€ť among us for 33 Â˝ years. One day the â€śtabernacle of Godâ€ť shall be with men â€śand He shall dwell with themâ€ť forever (Rev. 21:3,4).
Christ was incarnated for a very specific purpose. He came to earth on a â€śsearch and rescue mission.â€ť He entered our world that we might live forever in His. He didn't come just to set a good Example or establish a higher code of ethics. We could never have been saved from our sins unless He had been â€śmanifested.â€ť
Has Christ's purpose for coming to earth been fulfilled in you? Have your sins been take away? Forever remitted? Are the â€śworks of the devilâ€ť being destroyed in your life?
Bob Vradenburgh is the senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He has spent 40 years in full-time Christian service: the first 20 years as a missionary and the past 20 years in the pastorate. Bobâ€™s passion is the expository preaching of Godâ€™s Word,...