John 1:14-18

            This is an astounding passage of Scripture!  These are verses to not quickly read through; this is a theologically rich, lovingly beautiful, and missionally sensitive piece of Holy Scripture.  The high and holy God has chosen to come and show himself to us in the person of Jesus.  We know God through Christ.  We learn about what God is like through Jesus.  God has condescended to us, communicated to us through means we can understand and discern, through the Lord Jesus.  To capture this earth-shattering truth, here are just a few translations of verse fourteen:
The Word became
a human being
and lived here with us.
We saw his true glory,
the glory of the only Son
of the Father.
From him all the kindness
and all the truth of God
have come down to us. (Contemporary English Version)
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish. (The Message)
            The sort of God that Christians worship and serve is an over-the-top gracious and generous God who has gone to the most incredible lengths possible to restore lost humanity.  Since God has bridged the great chasm between heaven and earth, the very least we can do is walk across the room and develop a new relationship with someone who needs Jesus.  God’s loving initiative can become our own motivation.  Sit and soak with this wonderful verse today and let it seep deep into your soul… and let it shape how you live your life.


            Gracious God, how can I say “thanks” for all you have done through your Son, the Lord Jesus?  Here is my life; do with it what you will.  Amen.

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