Messiah: The Word Made Flesh

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In this writing, we will look at one particular aspect of the identity of Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ], that clearly and absolutely reveals how this man is different from all other human beings.

There are many details given in the Bible about Yahushua and His message, to show that He is not an ordinary man, but different. To many, these details remain as mysteries, and leave many perplexed as to who Yahushua really is. These mysteries leave many unable to completely understand His identity.

But when we look into the Scriptures with child-like faith (Mark 10:15), then God’s mysteries no longer baffle us, because we can accept the greatness of His power and wisdom!

In the previous article, we looked at a few of the mysteries that definitely confirm that Yahushua Messiah was not an ordinary man. Yahushua Messiah was beyond ordinary! He was an honourable man, a good and righteous man, and a prophet! But He was much, much more!

In the previous article, we discussed Yahushua’s extraordinary birth — the virgin birth, which is indeed a great mystery (1Timothy 3:16). We also looked at Yahushua’s claim to be ONE with the Creator of the universe, Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]. And we also looked at His qualifications as the sinless ‘Lamb of God’ (John 1:29).

Now we will look at one more particular mystery surrounding the identity of Yahushua — the identity of Yahushua as “The Word.”

“The Word Was Made Flesh”

This phrase is another one of the mysterious qualities that sets Yahushua Messiah apart from ALL other men!

Yahushua is referred to as “the Word” of God and “the Word of life”:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….  14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:1,14)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled (touched), of the Word of life (1John 1:1).
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1Timothy 3:16)

In the above passages, we are told that the Word of God, which is also the Word of life, was made flesh!

The Word of God became a human being — the man, Yahushua Messiah.

It was God (meaning the God of the Bible, Yahuwah Elohim, the LORD God), who was revealed and manifested in the flesh, through Messiah Yahushua!

Let’s look at this in more detail.

The Word of the LORD Came

Before “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us,” the Scriptures reveal that the ‘Word’ [Messiah] of God was already actively involved with the Old Testament prophets.

The phrase, ‘the Word of God,’ is seen in many English Bibles as “the Word of the LORD.

In the days when Yahushua walked on the earth, everyone understood who “the Word of the LORD” was referring to.

The Word of the LORD was the One seen throughout the Old Testament writings — the One who appeared to Abraham and all the Prophets; the One who led the Israelites out of Egypt, through the wilderness, and into the Promised Land:

The ‘Word’ of the LORD came … unto Abram, came unto Samuel, came unto Nathan, came unto the prophet Gad, came unto Solomon, unto Jehu, Elijah, King David, Shemaiah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, Haggai, and Zechariah (See Genesis 15:1; 1Samuel 15:10; 2Samuel 7:4; 24:11; 1Kings 6:11; 16:1; 1Kings 18:1; 1Chronicles 22:8; 2Chronicles 11:2; Isaiah 38:4; Jeremiah 1:4; Ezekiel 3:16; Jonah 1:1; Haggai 2:20; Zechariah 4:8).

The above Scriptures tell us that the “Word” of the LORD came to all these men! This is the ‘Word’ of Yahuwah Elohim, who is the God of the whole earth (Exodus 3:14-15; Psalms 68:4; Isaiah 44:6; 54:5; John 8:58).

This ‘Word’ is the One who came!

This ‘Word’ is the One who came and gave instructions and commandments to all the Old Testament prophets. It is this ‘Word’ who, as a living, all-knowing, person, was Messiah Himself, in His pre-incarnate form. He came, He appeared in some form or fashion, to the saints of old, as the ‘Word’ of Yahuwah.

This ‘Word of the LORD’ was God Himself, who later was ‘made flesh,’ born of a virgin, lived and dwelt among His disciples and the people; they saw and touched this “Word” for themselves!

This ‘Word’ of the LORD was manifested and became a human being and was named Yahushua [Jesus].

The Messenger of God

Messiah, who appeared as ‘the Word of the LORD,’ also appeared to the prophets of old, sometimes being identified as either

  • the Angel [‘messenger’] of Yahuwah [the LORD] (Genesis 16:7-13; Exodus 3:2-6), or
  • the Angel [‘messenger’] the Redeemer (Genesis 48:16), or
  • the Angel [‘messenger’] of God (Exodus 14:19; Acts 7:37-38), or
  • the Angel [‘messenger’] of God’s Presence (Isaiah 63:9), or
  • the Angel [‘messenger’] of the Covenant (Malachi 3:1).

This particular ‘Angel’ [the Hebrew word is ‘messenger’] was not a created angel or being. He was greater than any created angel, because He possessed attributes and abilities that are unique to God alone!

How can we know this?

We can know this because no created being, whether one of the angels of God or one of the demons of hell, could have the qualities that are attributed to this particular ‘Angel of God.’

burningbush-with-captionThis particular Angel/Messenger was Messiah, appearing to the Old Testament saints, in His pre-incarnate form.

This particular Angel/Messenger — who spoke the Words of Yahuwah’s instructions and commandments — is called God [Elohim] (Exodus 3:4-6);

He possesses Yahuwah’s name (Exodus 3:14; 23:21);

He is to be obeyed (Exodus 23:20-23);

He is capable of redemption (Genesis 48:16; Isaiah 63:9);

He is capable of salvation (Exodus 23:20; Isaiah 63:9);

He is the mediator of God’s covenant (Malachi 3:1; 1Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 12:24);

He is capable of preserving and surrounding His people (Exodus 14:19; 23:20; Psalms 34:7).

No created being can possess these qualities!

Only Yahuwah Elohim can be all-powerful, all-knowing, capable of redemption and salvation, and is worthy to be worshipped and obeyed. And all these qualities were attributed to the ‘Word’ of God — the ‘Word’ who was later made flesh!

That Rock Was Messiah

floatingrockWe are given a confirming witness regarding Messiah’s intimate connection with Moses and the children of Israel in 1Corinthians 10:4:

And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed [accompanied] them: and that Rock was Messiah [Christ]. (1Corinthians 10:4)

The Rock that accompanied the Israelites was Messiah, the One who gives the spiritual drink of the water of everlasting life (John 4:10-14)!

Messiah in His pre-incarnate form accompanied Moses and the children of Israel, and led them through the wilderness.

This is a great mystery! A spiritual Rock, who was Messiah. What can it mean? This is beyond comprehension. This is indeed a mystery!

Yet, this ‘Word’ of the LORD, this Messenger of God, this Rock that accompanied them — all claim to have the attributes of the All-knowing, Creator God!

Nothing Too Hard For Him

When the apostle John tells us that the ‘Word’ of God became flesh, the prophets of old would have understood completely this revelation (Matthew 13:17; 1Peter 1:10-12).

The prophets of old knew of Yahuwah’s promises regarding Messiah. They had received Messiah’s commandments and instructions, because ‘the Word’ had come to them, appeared to them, and spoken to them.

And when the fullness of time came, this Word was made flesh!

The prophets of old would have been most eager to look upon, with their own physical eyes, the human being, Yahushua the Messiah — the extraordinary man, who is the Word of Yahuwah Elohim made flesh!

Such a thing is beyond our understanding! It is mysterious! Yet that is to be expected, because the Creator of all things is unlimited in His abilities, while our own abilities and powers are definitely limited!

jesus_heals_the_widow_of_nains_son_-_william_brassey_holeThe Scriptures clearly reveal the truth of the Presence of the ‘Word’ of the LORD [who is Messiah] coming unto the prophets. It is this ‘Word’ who was made flesh!

This ‘WORD made flesh’ was the extraordinary man, Yahushua Messiah, who came to this earth and dwelt among His disciples and the people. They saw the miracles He performed, His gracious and loving nature, and Peter, James, and John even witnessed a glimpse of His glorious, divine nature on the mount of transfiguration (Mark 9:2-9). And as we discussed in the previous article, Yahushua was completely man and completely God!

That ‘the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us’ is indeed one of our heavenly Father’s great mysteries! This mystery requires us to remember the characteristics of the One who created us:

  • Yahuwah Elohim is the Almighty Creator (Psalms 95:3-6; Psalms 145:3; Jeremiah 10:6-7,10)!
  • He is omnipresent, omniscient, and He is far, far bigger, greater, and wiser than any of us!
  • His abilities are infinite; and there is nothing too hard for Him! (See Job 33:12-13; Proverbs 21:30; Isaiah 45:22; Jeremiah 32:17; Ephesians 3:20.)

All Things Were Made By Him

Yahuwah’s WORD is all-powerful!

By His WORD, He created all things (John 1:1-4)! And it is His WORD who was made flesh.

When we look carefully and humbly into Yahuwah’s Word [the Bible], we can see that Yahushua Messiah is God Himself in the flesh:

“… that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Messiah [Christ]; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created ALL things by Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ]” (Ephesians 3:8-9).

Psalms 33:6 confirms this passage in Ephesians by telling us that “By the Word [Messiah] of the LORD were the heavens made!”

Messiah Himself is THE WORD of Yahuwah (Rev 19:13), by whom all things were created, and who spoke all the words of Scripture, both Old and New Testament writings — either directly, or through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. (See: Gen 15:1; Num 36:5; Isa 38:4; Jer 32:26; Eze 6:1; Zec 7:8; Mal 1:1; Acts 1:16; 1Thess 1:5; and 2Pet 1:21.)

Like the apostle Paul and the prophet Isaiah, we must admit:

O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! (Romans 11:33)
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith Yahuwah [the LORD].  9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts (are higher) than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9; see also Psalms 92:5; Psalms 139:17-18; Psalms 147:5)

The Tender-Hearted

The kingdom of God is an overwhelming mystery to those who rely on man-made understanding, or have not yet entered God’s Kingdom (Mark 4:11)! But when we begin to truly humble ourselves, and yield ourselves to believing all the Words written in the Scriptures, we will begin to gain in knowledge and understanding of Yahuwah Elohim’s marvelous message!

Each one of us must look carefully, diligently, and humbly at what the Scriptures actually say.

A tender-hearted person will receive the wisdom and testimony of the Scriptures, regardless of the mysteries! And, the tender-hearted will also gladly embrace the full testimony of the One person who was not an ordinary man!

His Name Shall Be Called The Mighty God

For in Him [Messiah] dwelleth all the full-ness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)

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For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6)

The above Scriptures are just two of the many, many Scriptures that clearly reveal the deity of Yahushua Messiah (Isaiah 43:3a; 45:15,21; 60:16; Titus 2:10-14; 3:4-6; Jude 1:25).

Oh may it be . . . that we would always search the Bible for answers with a child-like heart, and see the goodness and mercy of the Almighty God!

The Bible is our heavenly Father’s gift to us, and it is the only source of truth about spiritual matters.

The Bible is meant to help us understand, line-upon-line, who Yahuwah Elohim is, what He has done on our behalf, and what His plan is!

The Bible must be the invention of either good men or good angels, or it is the invention of bad men or devils, or it is the invention of God.

It could not be the invention of good men or good angels, for they neither would or could make a book, and tell lies all the time they were writing it, saying, ‘Thus saith the Lord,’ when it was their own invention.

It could not be the invention of bad men or devils, for they would not make a book which commands all duty, forbids all sin, and condemns their souls to hell for all eternity.

Therefore, I draw this conclusion, that the Bible must be given by divine inspiration. —John Wesley

Jesus Christ is God in human flesh, and the story of His life, death, and resurrection is the only Good News the world will ever hear. —Billy Graham

As the centuries pass, the evidence is accumulating that, measured by His effect on history, Jesus is the most influential life that ever lived on this planet.
— Kenneth S. Latourette

Let us be as the Psalmist. Let us cry out to Yahuwah, the Mighty One of Israel, and ask Him to give us understanding according to His Word! (Psalms 119:169)

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord [Yahushua Messiah], which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. (Revelation 1:8)
Behold, I [Yahushua Messiah] come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. (Revelation 22:12-13)
Thus saith Yahuwah [the LORD] the King of Israel, and His Redeemer Yahuwah [the LORD] of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. (Isaiah 44:6)

When we examine the Scriptures, and ask Father for His understanding,

then we will know that . . .

Yahushua Messiah is not an ordinary man!

Yahushua Messiah is the WORD made flesh!

If you have never received Yahushua Messiah as your Saviour, see Good News!

Please see the companion post: Messiah: Not an Ordinary Man

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