“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God
and the Word was God...and the Word became flesh
and dwelt among us…” John 1:1, 14
C.S. Lewis called it the “Grand Miracle” - the one on which all others rest. God became flesh. God who is from everlasting to everlasting, who spoke all things into existence, God the Almighty One wrapped Himself in infant flesh and was cradled in a manger. This has always filled my heart with wonder. Why would God do this? The answer is that He loves us.
He became flesh that He might understand. “For we have not a High Priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15)
He became flesh that He might conquer death and sin. “Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same nature, that through death he might destroy Him who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong bondage.”
The other side of that “Grand Miracle” is that we, the church, are His fleshly body today.
Lord, we would be the flesh in which you clothe yourself today. “Cast out our sin, and enter in. Be born in us today.”
~ Oleta Bruton