The Word and Incarnation
“He was in the world, and the world was created through Him, and yet the world did not recognize Him. (11) He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. (12) But to all who did receive Him, He gave them the right to be children of God, to those who believe in His name, (13) who were born, not of natural descent, or of the will of the flesh, or of the will of man, but of God. (14) The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (15) (John testified concerning Him and exclaimed, "This was the One of whom I said, 'The One coming after me ranks ahead of me, because He existed before me.'") (16) Indeed, we have all received grace upon grace from His fullness, (17) for the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (18) No one has ever seen God. The One and Only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father's side – He has revealed Him.” - John 1:10-18
Concept Summary – The God we can hug.
With the recent hurricanes and nature challenges, I have been so encouraged and proud of the response of our church members. They saw the devastations, the Spirit moved on their hearts, and great things followed. Some went down to the areas themselves and pitched in to help, others donated funds and resources to alleviate the suffering of our compatriots. From Puerto Rico to Texas, Jersey had an impact for Christ.
I wonder, though, if the people who made a difference really know why it happened. The verses above, especially verse 16, state that Jesus has revealed God to us. Problems that come up actually are His means to display what God has done with us! As God works His divine magic in our hearts, we change. We actually start thinking and acting in ways that God wants over time. Those who engaged their faith couldn’t disengage their faith; you see, they’d been changed. God’s grace has made a difference in them; they think like He does now.
Ahh, our wonderful God. William Cowper got it right when he penned “God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform." Perhaps the most dramatic thing God does is wield our hearts to Him over time. We discover as we grow in Bible wisdom that He knows our frailty totally. Jesus can relate to us because He’s been in the trenches with us.
Yet the hopes we have in this life are based on the sure knowledge He is always present. We know and embrace the Father because Jesus has made Him known to us. We know and embrace the Holy Spirit because Jesus has sent Him to be our companion in this life. Jesus reveals God is not far off, but actually inside you and beside you as you read this!
I’m closing on 63 years old right now, and I can say Jesus has been my mainstay as I’ve faced my problems in life. I’ve been changed over time to see that really the only things that matter are the things that matter to Him. I challenge you to read verse 18 above and really chew on it. Hope and grace flourish in the Logos, and He offers His love to you today! If you do, you’ll find He really does all things well!