In the Flesh

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14

The first celebrity I ever met was Adam West.

And now, having written that, I realize that I have to explain who Adam West was. That makes me feel old!

Adam West was a television and movie actor in the 1950’s but is most famous for playing Batman in the 1960’s television show.

I met him post-Batman at an auto show in Chicago in the early 1970’s. I watched the Batman TV – in reruns – all the time, along with my little brother (who, to this day, is a HUGE Batman fan).

Watching people act on TV is one thing. But meeting that person in the flesh is something else altogether.

When you watch an actor on TV – like Adam West in Batman – you only see one aspect of that person, and it is about as divorced from reality as things get. But as a ten-year-old, I didn’t understand that.

Adam West apparently did, because while he wasn’t really Batman and at that point in his career was languishing being typecast, he was so gracious and kind to us little kids clamoring to meet him and talk with him.

Meeting someone that you’ve only seen on TV or in the movies is an experience like no other, I think. A few years after meeting Adam West, I met two other celebrities, but ones that I didn’t know all that well.

I was on vacation with my parents and we were spending a day at a beach. We walked down the beach a ways and came across a large group of people. There was one person in a little rowboat a couple of yards off-shore and the rest of the group was gathered around several large movie cameras, lights, microphone booms, and one guy in a white baseball cap.

I recognized the guy in the cap as Richie Cunningham from Happy Days but didn’t know the actor in the rowboat. I was told it was his name was Tom Hanks.

Of course, now Tom Hanks and Ron Howard are mega-stars and most people on the planet know who they are.

But in the early 80’s, Tom Hanks was just an up-and-coming TV actor and Ron Howard was transitioning from TV actor to award-winning movie director.

These two were also very kind, gracious, and patient with everyone they met.

Watching their movies takes on an added dimension because I actually met them in the flesh, as I had Adam West.

We tend to take for granted meeting people “in the flesh” because we encounter so many people every day that way.

But what about God? For thousands of years, very few people had met God face-to-face. Yet millions of people throughout that time believed in him and worshiped him.

Still, God had a plan for making the relationship he would have with people more intimate. He would become flesh in the person of Jesus Christ!

For 33-36 years God walked this earth and interacted with people. And he changed their lives forever.

Two thousand years ago people could reach out and touch God. They could sit at his feet and hear him speak. They could eat bread and fish that he served them. And it changed their lives.

Jesus would change the world by allowing his flesh to be pierced with nails and spear. He bled and died on a cross to forgive all the sins of all people of all time. His life-less flesh was then buried in a borrowed tomb. He borrowed it because he wouldn’t be needing it very long!

Three days after he died he rose again. And people could once again touch Jesus’ flesh and see the scars that mean our life!

After Jesus ascended, the world seemingly was thrust back into the mode of not having a God we could talk to face-to-face and without flesh.

But Jesus left us with an awesome gift – the Sacrament of the Altar.

In, with, and under the bread and wine, Jesus’ flesh and blood is given to Christians to eat and drink for the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation.

We meet God in the flesh, and our lives are changed forever!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for coming in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ. I pray that you will continue to change my life because of the relationship I have with you through Jesus Christ. Help me to also share the Good News about Jesus with everyone I meet today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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