For Christians, we also look forward to celebrating the Jesus Died For Me What An Idiot I Would Not Die For Him Meme Sweatshirt birthday of Jesus. As the saying goes, Jesus is “the reason for the season”.
As John’s Gospel says, we are commemorating that “the Word became flesh and lived among us” (John 1:14). This is the heart of the Christian faith: that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the “Word of God”, and that in Jesus God became a man and was live a human life among us.
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At this time of year the Church looks forward to celebrating this with eager anticipation.
But it is important to realize that in the Jesus Died For Me What An Idiot I Would Not Die For Him Meme Sweatshirt first century people did not expect “the Word of God” to become flesh and live like a human being. Neither Jews nor non-Jews were expecting this – it was really surprising.
The Greeks talk about “Words”, “Logos”.
To them, this is something like a rational principle behind the universe, holding it together. But they did not think that Logos, Word, would become a human being and be born as a child. And if they have ever contemplated the fantastical thought that “Word becomes flesh,” it would be as emperor, or some very important person.
They would never think that the Word would become flesh – a man – like a Jewish carpenter.
Neither did the Jews in Jesus’ day expect “the Word” to become flesh. The mention of “Word” evokes all kinds of ideas for Jews. It alludes to the creation story in Genesis 1, where God created by speaking. Therefore, the Jesus Died For Me What An Idiot I Would Not Die For Him Meme Sweatshirt “Word” is seen as the creator of God. The word of God also came to the prophets, prompting them. And passages like Psalm 107: 19-20 talk about God healing and saving by his word.
But no pre-New Testament Jews thought that the “Word” would become flesh. Many Jews of Jesus’ day were hoping for a Messiah, a deliverer, the Son of King David, who would free the people from the Romans and restore the nation. But they do not think that God’s Word of creation, prophecy, and redemption will truly take human form and live as one of us. This is an absolute and utter surprise!
Of course, the New Testament now affirms this precisely – that the Word became flesh and God assumed human nature and became a man in the person of Jesus. Christ. At that time, it was completely unexpected.