The Word Became Flesh

When fifteen-year-old Douglas Maurer was diagnosed with leukemia, he began a regimen of blood transfusions, bone marrow tests, and chemotherapy. Over time he sank into deep depression. To cheer him up, one of his aunts ordered an arrangement of flowers to be sent to Douglas. “I want the planter to be especially attractive,” she told the florist. “It’s for my teenage nephew who has leukemia.”

Jesus experienced everything we face

The boy appreciated the floral arrangement and the card from his aunt, but it was a second card taped to the vase that really caught his attention. The second card read: “Douglas—I took your order at the florist shop. I had leukemia when I was seven years old. I’m 22 years old now. Good luck. My heart goes out to you. Sincerely, Laura Bradley.”

His mother later recalled how his face lit up after reading that card. “For the first time since he had been in the hospital, he had gotten some inspiration. He had talked to so many doctors and nurses. But this one card, from the woman at the florist who had survived leukemia, was the thing that made him believe he might beat the disease.”

Laura Bradley’s words of encouragement had authority because she had experienced what Douglas was going through. That’s why Jesus is so dear to many of us. He’s someone who knows what this life is like.

The opening verses of the Gospel of John say, “The Word was God.” But Jesus was no Greek deity lounging effortlessly on Mount Olympus. In his Gospel, John goes on to say, “And the Word became flesh.” In other words, Jesus experienced everything we face. He knows our joys and sorrows, our temptations, our loneliness, and our pain. This Sunday we’ll explore that wonderful truth. Join us on campus or online at 10am!


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