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Word Made Flesh

Julian of NorwichAs if to emphasize Jesus' humanity, Julian of Norwich (1342-1416 AD) who was an important Christian mystic in the Medieval Church, addressed the human Jesus Christ as "my sister and my mother." This was an unusual use of terms we do not normally associate with God the Son. Jesus Christ, like the Holy Spirit, was described by the angel before his birth as holy in Luke 1.35, "The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called [alternate add "holy"] the Son of God." Jesus lived without sin and was not subject to evil nor to the "ruler of this world." In John 14.30 Jesus therefore says, "I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me."

The Way

The Word Made FleshBecause Jesus is human and holy he can claim to be "the Way," offering himself as a perfect example for people to follow. In John 14.6 Jesus makes it quite clear, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." By embodying purity, he authenticates his claim to be the Truth. Because Jesus is pure and truly the holy God, he deserves our worship. Saint Paul explains in Colossians 1.15, "The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation." Philippians 2.11 further explains, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." The deity of Jesus is also self-authenticating. H. P. Lidden (1829-1890 AD) in "The Divinity of our Lord and Savior," pages 234-5 writes "The three aspects of the divine nature, denoted by the terms 'Life, Love and Light' are attributed in St John's writings with abundant explicitness to the word made flesh. The Light, the Love and the Life are the glory of the Word Incarnate which his disciples beheld, pouring its rays through the veil of his human tabernacle."

"Human Jesus Christ"
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by Ron Meacock

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