Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

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 1:1; 14 (NIV)

As the Living Word of God, Jesus was God in the flesh.  The one true God put on skin and bones and came to dwell among humans.  The Creator became like His creation.  He breathed real air and shed real tears.  He felt real pain — emotional and physical.  Imagine, the God of the universe contained in a human body.  The God who spoke the world into being humbled Himself and came to earth as a tiny baby.  That’s what Christmas is truly all about.  God becoming like us.

He could sympathize with our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15, NIV).  He could feel what we feel.  He was “tempted in every way, just as we are — yet was without sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NIV).  Why would He do such a thing?  For what reason would God choose to humble Himself and become like us?  His great love for each of us compelled Him to do it!  It was only through the one Man, the second Adam, that God could reconcile us to Himself.  It was only by sacrificing Himself that forgiveness was possible.  He had to become like us to save us.  Bulls and goats were insufficient to take away the sins of the world.  An unblemished human sacrifice could do it.  Jesus was the One who sacrificed so much for our benefit.  All because of God’s great love for His creation.  Praise be to God for His willingness to become flesh!

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for sending Your Son to become like me.  Help me today to become more like Him.  I love You and I thank You for loving me and calling me Your friend.  Amen.


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