And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
— John 1:14 —
Giampaolo Natale: Italian Theological Academy | Italy
This verse speaks of the Incarnation, and it is the climax of John’s prologue. There have been references to the Incarnation in chapter one, but this is now a picture par excellence of what the Incarnation is. This Word, the Logos, the Agent of creation, was made flesh and dwelt among us. Jesus’ existence didn’t begin with His conception; He was God and was with God since from the beginning. We should always remember the importance of the Incarnation, through which God entered into humanity to save men from their sins. But He became man. The Incarnation is crucial for those who want to be reconciled with God. Although the postmodern mind will never accept this truth, the word of God clearly teaches that Jesus was both truly human and truly divine at the same time. The Incarnation is one of God’s many inscrutable designs that make “foolish the wisdom of the world” (1 Cor. 1:20). It is also neglected and under attack today by many who would call themselves “Christians.” A proper understanding of the Incarnation of Christ, however, is key to understanding the gospel; it is also important to preserve the purity of sound doctrine. We must never put aside or minimize this doctrine. Whenever we preach or speak about Christ, we should always remember the importance of the Incarnation, through which God entered into humanity to save men from their sins: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).