Devotion and Prayer for Week of December 21, 2014

Meditation for the Week of December 21, 2014

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” – John 1:14

 

The Gospel of John opens in a strange way. It starts with the words, “In the beginning,” which isn’t that strange because it’s just like the beginning of the Bible in Genesis, but then it continues, “was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God.”

What does that mean? Well there’s really a lot to it. A lot that relates to how people understood the world in the Roman Empire at the time just after Jesus, a lot that gets into philosophy and things that we don’t generally think about. But the most important part is verse fourteen above, this “Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This Word who is God, came into a human body and lived among us as a man.

A few years ago, there was a song that was famous, which asked the question, “What if God was one of us?” Well when this Word became flesh, we found out exactly what that would mean. That is, we saw exactly what that looked like when Jesus Christ was born.

As we celebrate Christmas this week, we are reminded once again of this great event in the history of the world: the event when God became one of us. But what’s the point? What’s the point of celebrating, what’s the point of God becoming man? What’s the point of this God of creation, coming and being a part of it? What’s the point of Him being born of a woman and being laid in a manger?

Well as amazing as it is that the God who created everything came into the creation, the point, the most amazing part of the whole thing is seen not at the manger, not at the birth, but at the death, at the cross. There we see the real mystery. This God who created everything, this God who is perfect and holy and good, He entered into this broken, corrupted, unholy world and He did so to die for the sins of the very ones who had corrupted and broken this world making it unholy. That’s what it means that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. It means that as we celebrate Christmas, we celebrate the fact that God has come to us in Jesus and He has fixed what we have broken, and He has forgiven us for breaking it. In fact, in that forgiveness He even promises that when He makes everything again, that those who trust in Him will get to enjoy the new creation with Him. That truly is the most amazing and priceless Christmas gift anyone could receive. Amen.

 

Our Weekly Prayer.

 

Dear Lord Jesus, Word made Flesh, we thank You that You have loved us so much that You came and dwelt with us so that You could die the death which we deserve, the death which we created and continue to create. Help us to trust in You in all things, that we may spread the life that You have given us. Amen.