And Tabernacles Among Us

by André Piet
May 4th, 2012

And the Word became flesh and tabernacles among us, and we gaze at His glory, a glory as of an only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14

In the evangel of John, Jesus Christ is presented as the Son of God. But before He, as the Son of God, was born of Mary, He already existed as “word”, logos; the word through which all things came into being, because God spoke and it was there. How should we understand this pre-existence of Jesus Christ, as word? John compares the glory of the Incarnate Word with the tabernacle, in which God dwelt. The tabernacle also had a “pre-existence”. After all, on the mountain, God had shown to Moses a design or model (Exo.25:9, 40; 26:30) and had talked about everything, in detail. When the tabernacle was built, the design became concrete and tangible. So it is with the Son of God. When He was born, the Word became flesh. Everything in the Word that God had spoken before, testified of Him. Already in the first word that sounded: “Let there be light!” God had Christ in view (2Cor.4:6). And when Adam was created “in God’s Image” – that Image was none other than the Christ, Who was to come (2Cor.4:4; Col.1:15). And so it continues, even after Genesis 1. All histories, characters, rules, rituals, etc. speak of Him. And do not forget: the tabernacle itself…

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