And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
I recently finished rereading the Book of Job. It is a book I love to read. I have a theatre background and always envision it as a play. Its poetry is so great that Shakespeare struggles to keep up! But as I was reading it this time around a new verse stuck out to me.
“Do you have eyes of flesh? Do you see as humans see? Are your days like the days of mortals, or your years like human years…” Job 10:4–5a
This is part of Job’s plea to God to remember his frailty and therefore bring respite to his pain. But it struck me that Job is in a way asking God to remember that God is not human. You could perhaps expound on this and even say to God, “You don’t know what it’s like. You don’t know how it feels to be so frail and weak.”
But here in John 1:14, we read how “the Word became flesh”. No longer could anyone say, “God, you don’t know what it’s like” because Jesus became human. He came and had eyes of flesh. He saw how a human sees. His days were the days of mortals and He lived in human years. I always find it mind blowing and comforting to consider. The Author of life became mortal! The Creator became a creature! He knows how I feel and what life as a human is like. And in the Book of Job, a book many believe to be the oldest book in the Bible, the very questions were asked that would eventually be answered in the Word becoming flesh. Anyone who appreciates good story structure will like that. Sorry, Shakespeare.
– Heather Brumley