The Gospel of John celebrates the incarnation – God’s divine Word becomes flesh. The mystery of Jesus is that he is both human and divine, earthly and heavenly, mortal and eternal. This Gospel was written “so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and through believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31). Believers are beckoned to partake of the divine life Jesus brings to us.
As God spoke the cosmos into being (Genesis 1), again God speaks and God’s Word becomes flesh. That Word – Jesus – is God’s self-expression. That Word – Jesus – is eternal and always with God and, at the same time, coming into the world, into history, with us. That Word – Jesus – is the true light and enlightens everyone. By him, believers may witness and share in the divine life as God’s own children, born of God.
John, too, was sent from God as a witness to what he had not yet seen. None of us has seen God, which might make believing in God difficult, except that God’s Word in the human, Jesus, makes God known.
In the ancient Greek world, God and human, spirit and flesh, and heaven and earth were sharply divided. In Jesus, we meet God and human in one – signaling God’s reconciliation with human beings. God’s redemption in Jesus Christ reunites spirit and flesh. Heaven and earth meet in Jesus. We can live together with God.