In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
In Hebrew, The Word is translated as The D'var Hashem, which means "The Word of God." So The Word of God was with God, and the Word of God was God. He was with God in the beginning. But how can all things be made through the Word? How can this Word be the life and the light of all mankind? This is possible because The Word referred to in the verse above is Jesus Christ.
John 1:14 confirms this - 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.
The D'var Hashem, The Word of God, is Yeshua - Jesus! And the D'var Hashem became flesh and made his sukkah or His Mishkan (Tabernacle) among us. Think about that for a moment. The body Jesus took on had to be pure enough that his Divine Glory or presence (Shekinah) would be able to dwell in it. That is why Jesus was born of a virgin. If Mary and Joseph had conceived Jesus normally, He would have been born into a sinful body. But this couldn't happen because the tabernacle or body Jesus took on had to be free of sin, or God's divine presence could not dwell there.
Now let's take this a little further. God went to all that trouble - to find a way here to walk among us, to house His glory - only to take the world's sins upon Himself at the end of His earthly life. He who was without sin became sin for us. Why? 2 Corinthians 5:21 makes it clear, "For He (God) made Him (Jesus) who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (NKJV, emphasis mine).
God made Jesus, who had no sin, to be a sin offering (chattat) on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Jesus. Imagine that! When God looks at someone who has claimed Jesus as their Saviour, He no longer sees their sin. Jesus has become the final Sin Offering, a sacrifice that is beyond measure. We have been forgiven. Our sins have been atoned for. The same Levitical offerings made in the Old Testament have come full circle and been fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh,
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