Monday, May 6, 2013

Word Become Flesh

Pauly: You mean, like, a door? A door to what?
Genie: A place very different from here. And yet the same.
Real, and yet not real.
Word become idea become solid flesh.
Pauly: "Word become flesh"? You don't say.
That's a smoking gun in anyone's book.
- The Unwritten #48
by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Tom Taylor is the inspiration for a series of Harry Potter-like books his father wrote about a boy wizard named Tommy Taylor. However, one of the main mysteries of The Unwritten is if that is true or if somehow the reverse has occurred. Maybe Tom's father wrote so well about Tommy, and the world adored the stories about Tommy so much, that somehow the boy wizard manifested itself into this world as Tom Taylor.

Word become flesh.

I think I've read about that in another book somewhere.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.... And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as a father's only son, full of grace and truth. - John 1:1, 14 [NRSV]

Now, the word translated as "Word" is the Greek word logos which can mean far more than just speech. These meanings include: something said (word; saying; message; teaching; talk; conversation); account, settlement of an account; reason, grounds; charge; matter, thing; book; statement, assertion, declaration; motive; story.

Story. Yeah, I like that last one.

I do like to think of the Word as an idea, a story, a narrative. All the stories about God, who he is, what he's done, and what he will do, are contained within that Word. So when the Word became flesh, along with being both fully human and fully divine, Jesus also embodied the entire story of God. From creation to exodus to exile to redemption to apocalypse, Jesus was and is that story. All the tales about the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob were personified in a living, breathing person that walked and talked and communed with those around him.

The idea of God.

The story of God.


In the beginning was the story of God. One day the story of God became flesh.

I love stories.

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