November 29, 2022

The Word Became Flesh

Key Verse to Read and Treasure

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son—John 1:14 (NLT)

For Insight

How do you respond when you read what John writes in his Gospel? Does it give you chills bumps? Does it boggle your mind how the Savior; the Word, was clothed in flesh and became human?

Jesus, the Son of God, took on flesh and became a human being. He walked this earth, lived our human experience. He was subjected to the same physical and emotional needs, limitations, and demands that all humans have. He had never been away from home, but he became separated from his Father, from the beauty and majesty of heaven, and came to earth, not only as our Savior but as our friend.

God the Father did not need to convince Jesus. There was no need to beg, plead, or coerce. Jesus came willingly, because the Father asked, and we had a need. If you had been the only human on earth that needed saving, needed Jesus to suffer and die on the cross to redeem you from eternal damnation, he would have done it just for you and he would not have given it a second thought.

As the Word, Jesus was all the promises of God, all the mercy, love, forgiveness, truth, and grace wrapped in flesh. The Word you read today from Genesis to Revelation and everything in between once had flesh all around it. If there is only one reason to pause during Advent, only one reason to contemplate or prepare your heart for the Savior’s coming this would be it.

Jesus, I thank you for willingly leaving heaven to live among us and become one of us. Your sacrifice allows me to receive the gift of forgiveness and eternal life. I’ll never be able to fully understand the magnitude of what you did for me but as much as I can I will try. May this Advent and Christmas season be especially meaningful to and transformative for me. Amen  

Advent Mindfulness

Visit your favorite story of Jesus in one of the Gospels. Become one of those in the crowd or close to Jesus. What is Jesus saying to you? Is there something you are receiving from him? His comfort, healing?  

Read John 1:1-15

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