Q. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around a couple things. First, The Word existed from the beginning along with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Several times He appeared as a man, such as to Abram. But when He appeared to Moses He appeared as a burning bush. Why didn’t He just appear as a man as He did other times? Second, when Jesus was born how did The Word become part of Jesus? Jesus had his own spirit and soul, so did The Word reside in Jesus or was The Word Jesus Himself?
A. The Word is Jesus. John used that phrase to show that Jesus wasn’t just a man with a birth and death like other men but was an immortal part of the trinity. Speaking of Jesus John said, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
The Angel of the Lord (Jesus) appeared to Moses as a burning bush to get his attention and authenticate Himself (Exodus 3:1-3). A bush that burned but was not consumed in the blaze was and is unheard of. It was a miracle only God could perform.