The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV
The Word Became Flesh
The shore of Port Dover Beach, a popular spot along the coast of Lake Erie, is lined with a gorgeous set of palm trees that give the area a Cancun-type vibe. They are planted there by Peter Knechtel, the owner of Callahan’s Beach House Restaurant, which sits right by the water. Every year, when the weather permits, Knechtel imports Florida palms from the Courtland Gardens and Landscape Centre near Tillsonburg. When fall arrives, the trees are then sent back to a greenhouse where they can be protected from frost damage.
Today is Palm Sunday, that day when Jesus entered into Jerusalem for the last time, mounted on a donkey, in fulfillment of the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 – “Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” The fact that Jesus fulfilled this prophecy perfectly is an amazing fact. I suspect the people who were there that day, who knew the Hebrew Scriptures well, knew this prophecy and saw in Jesus’ arrival that day the fulfillment of this prophecy. What they missed was what was really happening at that moment, and who this was who was entering Jerusalem. The apostle John understood and would write this in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” The people who lined the streets with their cloaks and who waved palm branches missed the glory of their Creator who was in their midst that day. We dare not miss it.
These have been words from the heart.