"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only,who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
So I was reading this morning further in John, and the beauty of God's message began to jump off the page again.
I've never seen this so clear.
John started with "In the beginning.." an obvious reference to the majestic creation story told in Genesis 1:1. He was reaching far into the depths of the Jewish mind to recall the very beginning of EVERYTHING!! God's life force given to a perfect creation.
And…as he described the Logos and the Zoe of God, he tells the ancient Hebrew scholar that the essence of God that dwelt in the very first moment of all of creation came down in the form of a man, flesh; and dwelt among us. He humbled Himself to become one of us.
The magnificent mystery of God's creation story, so complicated, so beautiful, and so wonderful, culminated in a Man; so that WE might be a people that would know the life force (ZOE) originally given through the Logos at the beginning of time.
This is getting RICH!
Can you believe it? God's story of a relationship with you and me is so important that He decided to forgo the knowledge of the purity of ZOE, in order to come and dwell in the culmination of ZOE plus Humanity.
We have the opportunity now to engage in the wonderful life giving story that was once so messed up with sin that we had no chance of knowing the fullness of God. But now, "For God so loved the World, that He gave His Only Son, that whosoever Believeth in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16) ZOE CAME HERE!
In other words, John gives the world the opportunity to see the creation of the world, the life force and the logos of God, the perfect way that God intended it to be; and then He introduces the solution. God's perfect Logos Came HERE!!
Therefore, I would postulate the significance of this event as a "We're all in this together" kind of a conundrum.
Remember when we were told that we are to have a "personal" relationship with God? All be it so true that we are invited into a personal relationship with God, think about the unity of the entire world being involved in this fusion of Zoe and Humanity. Think about the fact that God is interested in making ALL THINGS NEW! Think about the beauty of our relationships with each other under this banner of God's gracious gift, His Forgiving Son, Jesus.
Think about how we ought to share THAT!
As we engage in a world of unbelievers…how do we share the ZOE that lives inside us.
As we dwell in a world of believers…how do we treat each other with common ZOE.
Can the world know that you are a follower of Jesus by the ZOE that so clearly is a part of you?
I'm humbled today as I see God's purity of purpose ever so clearly.
That all men may know Him.