“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
I am sure all of us are familiar with the first chapter of John. However, the Jewish reader during the times of John would have been astounded at what he was saying. The Jew would immediately understand this Word as being that word through which God created the world. The Jew would call to mind Psalm 33:9 which says, “For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Further, he would have comprehended that the Word was removed from him, it was the Word of God. He could not approach it. The Jew would know that this Word was God, the holy God that he could not approach, because he was corrupt.
But that is all drastically changed in John 1:14, where John tells us, “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.” This would be incredibly striking for the Jew! The very God, the holy God, the Creator, was made flesh! He was put into the form of a man and the Jew could now approach the very God. The God that only the priests could approach was now very man; he was flesh.
That is the amazing thing about the gospel. The Almighty, Holy, Eternal, Infinite God made Himself into a corruptible, finite, humiliated man. The God who deserves all honour, praise, and glory was debased, beaten, mocked, and killed. But that too is a great comfort for us. God did all this so that we might be cleansed from all our sins and serve Him for eternity. The words of Revelations 5:12 are very true, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.”