The Word became flesh
and dwelt among us
The literal translation of this, one of the most important verses in the Bible, would be: the Word became flesh and pitched the tent, encamped or had His tabernacle in the midst of us. It is to be understood in the most intimate way. In fact, He makes koinonia with us.
God is doing something utterly amazing. He does not only make Himself visible and touchable but descends into our human reality in the most human way. St. John exclaimed in his letter, “We have seen Him! We have touched Him - the Word of Life! (1 Jn 1:1-5).
Christ is the place of God’s dwelling with Israel, just as he had dwelt with them in the tabernacle in the desert (Ex 25:8–9; Zech 2:10). Therefore, the glory of God, once limited to the tabernacle (Ex 40:34), is now visible in Christ! This experience of glory is concrete. It is not a mystical vision and an inner enlightenment- the glory of God took on tangible form and was touched. This glory was not merely a display of power, rather for John, the deepest paradox is how glory is to be found in suffering and humiliation. This is especially clear in John's Gospel where the cross of Christ is again and again portrayed as Jesus’ glorification (Jn 12:23–24; 13:31). His signs and miracles showed His glory, to be sure, but it is in the cross and in the crib that the mysterious, immeasurable glory of God is to be found.
Let’s go to the crib so see God’s glory in a child, born of a Virgin and taken care of by a humble carpenter. Let’s go with faith. Merry Christmas!
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAST, GO ALONE.
IF YOU WANT TO GO FAR, GO TOGETHER.