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Great Texts John 1 14

Great Texts John 1 14

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The Incarnation of the Word.
The Incarnation of the Word.

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UntitledThe Incarnation of the Word.From Great Texts of the Bible.UneditedAnd the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld hisglory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace andtruth.John i. 14.1. " The V/ord." Thrice elsewhere (John i. 1 ; 1 John i. 1 ;Kev. xix. 13) is this term used to designate the same Person. Itis used in the first verse of this Gospel without apology, andwithout definition, as if the readers were acquainted with it, asindeed they were, for it had a large circulation among both Greek and Jewish thinkers. It is one of the most pregnant words usedin the ew Testament. In verse 18 we are told why the term isso used — " o man hath seen God at any time ; the only begottenSon, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him."As thus used the term is one of great significance. By our wordswe make our wills known to others. By our words we issue ourprohibitions or commands, and give effect to our intentions. Ourwords, then, give expression to our will. And, similarly, theWord of God is God's will expressing itself. It is the God of Heaven coming into relation with created things and revealingHimself.2. Who is this Word ? He is one who existed in the begin-ning, and is in perfect union with God, being the expression of God's thought and purpose and energy. He is Himself theCreator of all things, of bird and flower, of mountain and sea, of sun and star. He is the Creator of man ; and all the Hght of truth and goodness that has ever arisen in man's heart came onlyPage 1
 
Untitledfrom Him. Who, then, is this mysterious Person, this EternalWord of God ? We must turn to this fourteenth verse. " Andthe Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld hisglory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace28 THE ICARATIO OF THE WORDand truth." The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us ! Thisaugust and mysterious Word of God, Himself became a man.Then we know who He is. He must be Jesus, that Jesus of azareth who was born in Bethlehem.3. Far away down the years, at the close of the first century,an old man sits brooding over the things that he had seen andheard in the cities of Judah and in the fields of Galilee. Forty,fifty, sixty years, and more perhaps, now lie between him andthe scenes which he records. Sixty years — and such years ! — years of revolution — years of judgment — years in which the oldorder perished in doom, and the ew World rose into victory underthe breath of the Spirit of God. He had himself, long ago, it maybe, laid up in the Book of the Eevelation the visions in which thetremendous drama of those momentous years moved towards itsfinal and critical act. Yet, now, his look is not forward into thesilences that delay the trumpet-blasts of Divine action. Hiseyes turn ever back, overleaping the crowded interval ; back tothose wonderful days when he walked behind the feet of theMaster — the days when he saw, and heard, and handled. Stillhis whole being hangs upon those sealed memories. Still heponders, and weighs, and wonders, and broods. For we arelistening, in these first verses of St. John, to an old man's brood-ings. o one can mistake their tone, or be insensible to theirPage 2
 
Untitledatmosphere, as the verses fall on the ear with their solemn weightof measured monotony, serious as a winter's eve, in which thestars silently offer themselves to our eyes, one by one, in seemlyorder and in noiseless ease. So the great words detach them-selves from his lips, single, slow, deliberate, unhasting. Roundand round the story his spirit has searched and laboured, andwaited, until word could set itself to word, and phrase to phrase.o time could be too long in which to collect into one brief passage the sum and substance of all that revelation which wasmade known to him in the ame of Jesus Christ.^Tf The belief in the Divinity of Christ is waning among us.They who hold it have petrified it into a theological dogma withoutlife or warmth, and thoughtful men are more and more beginningto put it aside. How are we then to get back this belief in theSon of God — by authority or by the old way of persecution ?^ H. Scott Holland, Crud and ChararUr, 3.ST. JOH I. 14 29The time for these has passed. The other way is to begin atthe beginning. Begin as the Bible begins, with Christ the Sonof Man. Begin with Him as God's character revealed under thelimitations of humanity. Lay the foundations of a higher faithdeeply in a belief of His Humanity. See Him as He was.Breathe His spirit. After that, try to comprehend His Life.Enter into His Childhood. Feel with Him when He lookedround about Him in anger, when He vindicated the crushedwoman from the powerless venom of her ferocious accusers; — when He stood alone in the solitary Majesty of Truth in Pilate'sPage 3

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