Thursday, December 10, 2009

Day 1 - The Word Made Flesh

John 1 : 1 – 18

As I read through this portion of scripture, I feel the power of God’s Word and truth jumping out of the pages of my Bible. Verse 1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” And verse 14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John did not mince with words. He wanted to make sure that everyone understood that while Jesus was fully human, He was fully God and had been here from the beginning of time. Have you read this whole passage? If not, please read it now…the truth that is laid out for us in these 18 verses is incredible and cannot be missed.

I love what verses 12 and 13 says, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, BUT BORN OF GOD.” The life change that happens when we receive Christ is not a natural change, but a spiritual birth; we are now a part of God’s family, no matter what our earthly genealogy says. How does this happen? We read in verse 17, “For the law was given to Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” The law condemned us, but Christ brought us a grace that conquered our punishment!

How blessed are we that God would come to take our punishment and live among us, yet He was perfect? What a beautiful and unending love He has for us! So, today we read that we celebrate Christmas because our Savior was fully human and fully God and He loved us enough to show us His grace. I can’t wait to read on how God played out the precious birth of the baby that would change my life forever.

I leave you with the lyrics to the chorus of The Final Word written by Michael Card:

He spoke the incarnation and then so was born the Son.

His final word was Jesus, He needed no other one.

Spoke flesh and blood so He could bleed and make a way divine.

And so was born the baby, who would die to make it mine.

And so the Light became alive

And manna became Man.

Eternity stepped into time

So we could understand.

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