One of the things that we studied was the personhood of Jesus. I know that sounds very basic, but the concept of all God-ness existing in an embryo just doesn't quite fit into my brain. One of the passages that we used was John 1. Again, very basic, but never old.
I realized after our session that I had never considered one aspect of this passage. I understood Jesus as the Word, at least in the tiniest increment of understanding, and the concept of Jesus in the flesh was familiar to me. What I never saw was the motion.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created. (John 1:1-3 CSB)
In the beginning, at Creation, Jesus was the tool that God used to create all things. Jesus was the expression of God's inner way of working and thinking, and through His expression, God was able to speak all things into existence. But the Word was still vague. The Word was a concept of God, a specific utterance of a piece of the whole, but it wasn't touchable. It wasn't physical. You can't put a word into a specific situation and see how it reacts. You can't eat with a word. You can't spend time with a word. A word is here, and then it's gone, and only the memory of it remains. God used words to send His Law, but the Law wasn't enough. Although Christ was the fullness of God from the beginning, we were only able to perceive Him as a Word. He had no flesh.
The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 CSB)
"The Word became flesh," and when He did, we were able to observe Him. We were able to reside with Him. We saw what God looks like with children on His knee. We saw what God looks like in a storm. We saw how God deals with sin in His temple. We saw how God suffers. We saw how God conquers. We saw God!
I never saw the motion of Christ moving from Word to flesh. What a transformation He went through for us! If God can transform His Son so perfectly into exactly what He desired Him to be, how could I not trust Him to transform me?