The first eighteen verses of the Gospel of John read very different from that of the other gospel writers, Matthew, Mark and Luke. Omitting the chronological story of Christ’s upbringing, John opens with a more ethereal, esoteric description of what is very cognitively and spiritually difficult to grasp – that the “Word” was eternal, it was in the beginning, and that the Word was God and with God (John 1:1).
Then John the Apostle brings it down to earth literally in v14: “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” John is very clearly speaking of Jesus, with whom he walked, talked, ministered and ultimately saw crucified and risen from clear death. The rest of this section presents His glory seen as “of the only Son from the Father,” the witness of John the Baptist, the giving of grace and truth beyond the law of Moses, and the fact that God is seen and made known through the Son, Jesus.
Clear as a bell, right?
Here’s a simpler way to view this challenging passage: Jesus is the God-Man – a true man, with a natural human body and all attributes common to humanity, yet also true God, having a divine nature and all the attributes of deity. Jesus is the same substance as the Father. Yes, Creator God who spoke (hence Word) the world into existence from the beginning, now, through a miraculous incarnation as miraculous as creation itself, lovingly condescends as the God-Man to assume human nature for the purpose of man’s redemption from His broken law and restoration to Himself.
It’s an amazing beginning to an epic story – a story for the ages. It’s a supernatural story that must be confronted. No man or woman can brush aside the life and existence of Jesus the Christ, the God-Man. We are left no option: follow the thread of documented testimony, evidence and confounding Word until one’s left on fallen knees in humble surrender and submission.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)