Pastoral Corner- Dec 2015






The unspeakably profound truth “The Word became flesh and dwelled among us” taught in John 1:14 is a proper focus for Christmas and for every day of the year as well.  After all, we at Flushing Chinese Baptist Church are the Body of Christ – so that “the word becoming flesh and dwelling among us” is our story, too.  God’s revelation is precious, but his revelation shaping our actions as the Body of Christ – in the flesh – is now priceless.


As we begin A.D. 2016, this deep wisdom of John 1:14 can become one of our empowering mottos for the year.  Those eight words say so very much, and they inspire us to greater wholeness and to the graces of Godly living.


First, “the Word” is the beginning point and the source of action.  For wisdom and light in our lives in 2016, there is no better source than the Word – the Living Word of God’s presence in our lives and also the written Word of the Bible, the precious treasury of Divine revelation.


Second, “the Word became flesh” is both a powerful paradox and a practical truth at the same time.  On the one hand, because “the Word became flesh,” mere words are no longer adequate.  Good intentions are not enough, because words must now be in the flesh.  Sermons are lovely, but sermons put into action are what make the difference for true hope and Godly change – still in our time as in Jesus’ life and ministries.  On the other hand, nothing is lost when the Word becomes flesh, because Christ remains the full Word, and he empowers us to Godly fullness now, too.  (See Colossians 2:9-10)


Third, “the Word became flesh and dwelled among us,” so that he is always with us, and there are no longer any limited, sacred spaces.  God’s personal, powerful presence and wisdom completely fill all his universes – including all times and places on earth.  He is still truthfully called “Immanuel,” which means “God with us,” wherever we are, any of the 366 days of 2016, and going forward.


The Word became flesh and dwelled among us” is a brief treasury of Divine wisdom for each one of us, every day, as we step forward by his amazing grace.



(de Vries Paul)