Words from the Heart for Thursday December 15th, 2016
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
You cannot get up to heaven on your own, so heaven came down to you. God took on skin and bones and moved in to our world so that we would know what God is like. Take some time to read about Jesus from one of the gospels today and praise God that He has made Himself known to us!
A website called theplanetD.com gives some advice for non-Canadians about using the small word that the world says marks us as Canadians – the word eh. The website says this “This is our most popular phrase that we receive the most flack about from the rest of the world. Everyone always makes fun of us. They mock us by using “eh” in the most ridiculous phrases and they never get it right. So I am going to give you a quick lesson on how to use the word “eh”. All you have to do is make a statement like “It is a very nice day out today.” If you add “eh” to the end of that statement, you can turn it into a question that will require a friendly reply from the person you are talking to.”
There is much mystery about the Gospel. Colossians 1:27 tells us that the mystery is Christ in you, the hope of Glory. This is a mystery. The follower of Christ, redeemed and transformed, becomes a Temple of the Holy Spirit. But the mystery began before Jesus took up residence in us. In order for that to happen, Jesus had to step out of heaven and into our world. Which leads to another mystery. John 1:14 says “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.” This is the mystery of the incarnation. The Creator of the universe, the Almighty God, the omnipotent, omniscient One, stepped into His creation. This is a mystery. His name is Immanuel, God with us. This is a mystery. John says that the Word became flesh. The One who spoke the world into being has taken on a physical body. This is a mystery. There is one mystery that is perhaps even more profound. Jesus did all of this because of His love for His creation. Why would God love us this much? This is a mystery. And because of that love, Jesus made His dwelling among us. And by so doing we caught a glimpse of His glory, His power, His majesty. Allow the mystery of Jesus to be birthed in your life by faith.
These have been words from the heart.