“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 1:14
Today’s big question: what does it mean that “the Word became flesh”?
There are times when it is easier to show someone what you mean than just to try to use words to explain it? Raising boys can be a chore in itself, how many times have I tried to explain how to complete a task and get that blank look on their faces that said, "You just spoke a foreign language to me." So what did I do? I showed by actions what I was hoping to convey in words. This is when they grasped what I was saying to them.
The Christian life is like that. God gave us what we needed to live a Christian life in His Word. His Word speaks of the reality of living as Christ lived, spiritual, and godliness. But because of the God that He was, He sent His Word in a living form to show us.
....And then Christ was born.
Through the Gospel of John
As we continue our journey through the Gospel of John, let's put on our faith glasses and see Jesus with our spiritual eye. No longer do we just hear the Word of God speaking, we see the Word of God because He walks among us.
When we put on our faith glasses we can see clearly that the Truth is the Person of Jesus. The person of Jesus in the flesh that talked with:
The Woman of Samaria – John 4 – She had a conversation with Jesus. She misinterpreted what Jesus meant when he said, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14). She foolishly replied, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” She thought that since Jesus was a stranger she could pretend to be someone she was not, but Jesus unmasked her by saying, “Go, call your husband and come back.” Now her disguise began to unravel, and her true self was laid bare. She said to Jesus, “I have no husband.” He said, “The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is true” (John 4:18).
Jesus knew the truth about her, and forced her to see and admit the truth about herself. Isn't that the way it is when we come into contact with God. Suddenly His light shines on us and reveals the truth about us, and we understand that He sees us as we really are. Our glasses of faith reveal Truth – Truth in the Person of Jesus. Coming in contact with Jesus allowed this Woman of Samaria to peel away her layers of hurt and fear – she left her waterpot for she had taken a sip of the Living Water. She had exchanged her water for His water and she could not stop the overflow. When is the last time you told someone about the Living Water? She made THE EXCHANGE. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is THE GREAT EXCHANGE. We have life through His death.
Give It To Jesus
I want to invite you to leave your waterpot. Trade your sorrows, your past, your hurt, your layers, the skeletons in your closet, your shame and your loneliness. He already paid for all of that and purchased your healing. Accept His Living Water and you will be free to be who you were meant to be. Whatever you are carrying around, give it to Jesus. He paid the cost for you. Your healing was purchased by Him.
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
Get a sheet of paper, an index card or something to write on. Take that paper and write out whatever is holding you back -- pain, sorrow, shame, etc. Give it to Him! Ball that paper up, pray for forgiveness, peace and freedom in the wonderful name of Jesus and threw it away. Accept Christ as Living Water; picture yourself making THE EXCHANGE. You are now free to be who you were meant to be in Christ.
"I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
The Bible ends with this invitation… Revelation 22:17, “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come.’ And let the one who is thirsty come, let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.”
Without cost for us….It cost Jesus His life. Accept His gift to you.
Because the Word became flesh you have eternal life through Jesus Christ, THE GREAT EXCHANGE.