Words from the Heart for Sunday December 2nd, 2018
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (NKJV)
The Word Became Flesh
What a miracle of Advent. The promised Messiah arrives. This is the Creator God who has come in the flesh. The Gospel of John introduces us to this Creator who arrives to a cradle and is on His way to a cross. He did not resemble God but became flesh like us. Yet, there was no mistaking that Jesus was full of grace and truth.
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There are many mysteries to the Christian life and the Advent season is filled with them. Those of us who have grown up on the story of Christmas can so often miss the mystery – angels, shepherds, a star, a manger, a baby. This is quite the story we ponder again at this time of the year. But perhaps the greatest mystery is the heart of the Christmas story – the incarnation. God steps into our world as a baby. I pray that will never get old. It certainly didn’t for John, the youngest of Jesus’ disciples. He would describe they mystery this way in John 1:14: “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” I love that John uses the word logos here – the Word became flesh. The God who spoke the world into being has become part of the world. John and all others who met Jesus face to face had the privilege – and joy – of meeting Him. So can you, by faith. The logos has come for you.
These have been words from the heart.