What an unfathomable concept! The One who filled infinity from all eternity, the One who was and is and is to come, the One whose glory and beauty knows no limits, this One constricts Himself to a body of flesh and shuffles among the dust and sweat of human existence voluntarily subjected to brutality and rejection from those He came to rescue. He “became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” No angel could have done this. Revealing Himself to mankind through a book, or other means would not suffice. The Word had to be made flesh to accomplish God’s desire.
The message still must be proclaimed through megaphones of flesh. While literature and media are wonderful tools, technology cannot substitute for life exchange relationships, one heart sharing with another. That is why missionaries still go and we must still send them. The word must become living, breathing and dwell among men.
But this isn’t just the privilege of missionaries. Every believer, like John the Baptist, is “sent from God” to represent Him – to be His word, His ambassadors in the dirt and daily grind of the office and job site, in grocery stores and gas stations, cafes and classrooms. You and I are sent, in the flesh, so through our witness those in our sphere of influence can experience “the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Sample Prayer: Thank you Jesus for making God known to me. Help me to declare Him to others not only by my words but also by living a life “full of grace and truth” toward those around me. Let your word become become flesh as I live it out today.
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?