And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us ... full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). The Word — God — became flesh. Flesh.
The word "flesh" jars me. Often I find it intriguing, with its images of marbled muscle, tissues rich with blood. At its simplest it's meat: German Fleisch, Spanish carne. In-carn-ate, en-fleisch-ed, enfleshed — this is our God!
The sheer carnality of this cherished Christian doctrine shocks us.
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