Veiled in flesh

We believe in Jesus Christ…
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
and suffered under Pontius Pilate.

John 1:14

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

It is a staggering truth, that the Almighty God should – or even could – become a human baby. How could the dazzling glory of God, the glory that had filled the Tabernacle in the wilderness and the Temple in Jerusalem, be a carpenter living in a village in Galilee?

It was not immediately obvious. Just as the Tabernacle had looked from the outside like an ordinary tent, so the Son of God appeared to be a very ordinary human being. He entered the world as we all do, utterly helpless and totally dependent upon His human parents. He grew up like any other normal child, learned a trade and earned His living. Only after His baptism, when He was anointed with the Holy Spirit, did He begin to manifest His divine powers (for God’s Word is silent unless carried by God’s breath). Even then, during His three-year ministry relatively few people recognised Him for Who He was. His disciples were granted occasional flashes of insight, such as when He walked on the waters of Lake Galilee (Matthew 14:22-33), but most of the time His deity was ‘veiled in flesh’. Although God, He was – and is – also truly one of us.

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