The Word Who Walked Among Us
Its awesome to think that Christ previously existed as something other than a human. He was the Word! What must that have been like? Scripture doesn't explain His form before being given a human body, but we know this...He sacrificed his previous form for us, His bride. He joined himself to one of His own creations, humankind, by becoming one of them and He will never return to His previous form. He did this for no other creation. Do we see the degree of sacrifice in this? He will forever be a God-man King. This reminds me of a sermon someone preached (I think John MacArthur), where He described it in another way: (I'm paraphrasing)
"The father asked his son to do something for Him. He said, 'do you see this world I made, full of dogs? I love those dogs, though they are viciously fighting one another. I want you to go and tell them I love them. I want you to save them from my wrath, themselves, and each other.' The son agreed to do anything the father asked. However, the father said, 'Before you decide to do this for me, I want to tell you a little more. You will need to become a dog yourself in order for them to hear you.' The son agreed to this, so the father continued, 'When i send you down, I will not make you one of the stronger dogs. I'm going to make you a very small dog. And when these dogs see this, they are going to rip you apart, but don't worry, once they kill you, I will resurrect you.' The son heard this and still agreed to do it. Then the father concluded, 'Son, I want you to know that I will resurrect you and you will come back here to be with me, but know this also.....you will forever be a dog."
What an awesome God we have!
One more thought on this:
1:9-10 "The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him."
let's cross reference...
Gen 1:2-4 "The earth was without form and void, and DARKNESS was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, 'Let there be LIGHT,' and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness."
So how literal is this parallel? Food for thought :)
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