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Day 8: The Word Became Flesh

I Believe in Jesus Christ, His Only Son, Our Lord

READ

John 1:1–18

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

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 testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’” From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.

MEDITATE

Did any particular phrase or verse capture your attention in the reading? If so, pay attention. The Holy Spirit may be bringing this to mind for a particular reason. If not, consider the bolded text. The Creed moves us from the Father as the almighty maker of Heaven and Earth to the Son. Ponder the revealed fact that Jesus Christ is also instrumental in Creation. “Through him all things were made.” Speak this sentence aloud a few times so your ears can hear. Now add what may seem a redundant clause, “without him nothing was made that has been made.” Speak this one aloud a few times. Now speak the whole sentence aloud. Now take a look around the natural environment and consider that all you see was made through Jesus Christ.

(Note: Keep in mind we are not searching for neatly defined scriptural principles to apply to our lives in these exercises. We are actually moving away from “ourselves” to become immersed in the expansive and glorious reality of our God. While these exercises may not feel so “practical” to your day, sustaining this kind of meditation on the Godhead will lead to something infinitely more practical.)

REFLECT

The Son, who is the Word of the Father, the very and eternal God, of one substance with the Father, took man’s nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin; so that two whole and perfect natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one person, never to be divided; whereof is one Christ, very God and very Man, who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.

—From The Articles of Religion of the Methodist Church
“Article 2: Of the Word, or Son of God,
Who Was Made Very Man”

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .