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"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us"
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"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" .Scripture: John 1:1-18
Deacon Dominic Vu preached today at OLPH Church in Diocese of London, Canada.
The "word of God" was a common expression among the Jews.
God's word in the Old Testament Scriptures is an active, creative, and dynamic word. Psalm 33:6 tells us:"By the word of the Lord the heavens were made".
The Book of Wisdom describes "wisdom" as God's eternal, creative, and illuminating power. Both "word" and "wisdom" are seen as one and the same. Deutero-Canonical Book of Wisdom 18:14-16 tells us: "For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half gone, your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, into the midst of the land that was doomed, a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command".
John 3:16 describes Jesus as God's creative, life-giving and light-giving Word that has come to earth in human form: "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" . Jesus is the wisdom and power of God which created the world and sustains it who assumed a human nature in order to accomplish our salvation in it.
Jesus became truly man while remaining truly God. From an early Church antiphon for Morning Prayer: "What he was, he remained, and what he was not he assumed". Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God who, without ceasing to be God and Lord, became a man and our brother.
St John in his Gospel (1 John 4:2), He also reminded us: "From the time of the Apostles the Christian faith has insisted on the incarnation of God's Son "who has come in the flesh".
Gregory of Nyssa, one of the great early church fathers (330-395 AD) wrote:
Sick, our nature demanded to be healed; fallen, to be raised up; dead, to rise again. We had lost the possession of the good; it was necessary for it to be given back to us. Closed in darkness, it was necessary to bring us the light; captives, we awaited a Savior; prisoners, help; slaves, a liberator.
Christians never cease proclaiming anew the wonder of the Incarnation. Gaudium et Spes told us: "He acted with a human will, and with a human heart he loved. Born of the Virgin Mary, he has truly been made one of us, like to us in all things except sin"
If we are going to behold the glory of God we will do it through Jesus Christ. Jesus became the partaker of our humanity so we could be partakers of his divinity (2 Peter 1:4). God's purpose for us, even from the beginning of his creation, is that we would be fully united with Him. When Jesus comes God is made known as the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. By our being united in Jesus, God becomes our Father and we become his sons and daughters.
Thus the Lord wants us to bring him glory in the way we treat others and use the gifts he has graciously given to us. God, in turn, blesses us with his gracious presence and fills us with joy. Amen.