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    The Only Begotten

    John 1:14 And the Word became 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.

    It is difficult to overstate the impact of the first chapter of the Gospel according to John. For example, St. John Chrysostom, the great preacher of the fifth century, usually wrote one or two homilies for a chapter of the New Testament. On the first chapter of John he wrote twenty. Two of them concerning just this verse.

    The attention is well deserved. This chapter, and particularly this verse, are concerned with what C. S. Lewis called “the supreme miracle.” That miracle is the incarnation—God coming in the flesh. We will examine this under three lights.

    The Word become flesh

    So that you would not assume that Christ is inferior to the Father (with reference to his divinity), John tells us of “The Word.” It is the message of God. The essence of God is his existence, Aquinas told us. God is his attributes: God is love, not in part but the whole. God is righteousness, again the whole of it. God is his own message—and that message (logos) is the Christ. And the Christ is God’s message to all mankind.

    Only begotten

    “Begotten” has slipped from common use, so I will define it for you by example. Human beings make model railroads, angel food cakes and pink sweaters; human beings beget human beings. Christ is the only begotten of God, via Mary. There will be no others. So we know he is divine—yet also quite human. He is unique in heaven and on earth—no one else is both. He therefore knows our weaknesses, and how to overcome them.

    We beheld his glory

    Jesus, gentle Jesus is rather a nice guy—but the disciples knew what lay behind that flesh. John saw him in glory at the Transfiguration and the Ascension. He makes it clear: this very same Jesus, the Christ, will someday return to judge the living and the dead. He will know our weaknesses and be righteous in his judgments. The only question is, will we be prepared?

    Lord, God is three, yet one. You are man, yet God. You came in weakness, for we are weak. You will return in power; shall we then be strong? Until that day—soon, please Lord—keep your children from the evil which is all too common in our time.










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    bringin' em back ~ to the Dodge Mahal !!....

    Where old Magnums can find a home.. :angel:

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