“The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (HCSB)
The prophecies of the coming Messiah in the Old Testament were fulfilled with the miraculous birth of Jesus. John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (HCSB). Jesus, the Word, became flesh. Jesus, God’s Son, has all the glory, grace, truth, and holiness of God. He came to earth and took up residence among us. In Hebrew, those words translate as He “set up a tent.” Jesus, the Messiah, is here!
Jesus in his holiness was both God and man. It is inconceivable to think God would become man and reside with us. Remember the Israelites feared His amazing glory at the base of the mountain when Moses presented the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)? Remember that God allowed only the High priest to enter the Holy of Holies of the Temple where Yahweh resided? And only on certain holy days? And now God comes in the form of man? How can this be?
Our hearts are sinful (Romans 3:10-12) and yet God’s willingness to come to us demonstrates His love and grace to the fullest. 1 John 4:9 says, “God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him” (HCSB). Philippians 2:7-8 describes Jesus in this way, “Instead He emptied Himself by assuming the form of a slave, taking on the likeness of men. And when He had come as a man in His external form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death—even to death on a cross” (HCSB). Scripture is clear that God sent Jesus as the promised Messiah so we can have eternal life. John 1:11-12 reveals that God’s own people didn’t see that Jesus was the Messiah but that all those who believe in His name will become children of God. Jesus, the Messiah, is here! And He came for everyone!
Do you see that Jesus is the Messiah? Your Messiah? If you don’t, ask yourself why. Could it be that you do not feel good enough for Him? None of us is really good enough and that is the essence of God’s unconditional love. God loves you just as you are. Oh, how He loves you! You are so special to Him and He wants you to live with Him forever in eternity. Don’t you? By accepting Christ Jesus as your Savior you can and will.
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation. Now the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on Him will not be put to shame, for there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, since the same Lord of all is rich to all who call on Him. For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-13 (HCSB)
By Carol Jones