Day 6. The Word Became Flesh

This entry is part 7 of 23 in the series A Christmas Story Devotional

The Word Became Flesh

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.  John 1:14

Known as the Incarnation, God became human.  Fully God and yet fully human too, this mystery has been debated over the centuries by church councils and scholars.  To his mother and disciples Jesus had emotions, ate and drank, was tired and prayed for strength.  From God’s vantage point we see that ‘God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him.’

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.  And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1:15-20

Jesus, the divine-man, had a purpose in coming, in becoming what he did. It was for you and me that He became flesh, so our flesh could be redeemed.

For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,  but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.  Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.

1 Peter 1:18-21

Because this mystery is more than my mind can comprehend, I’ll leave you with a few more verses that describe what the Word is…..

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. John :1-2 

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105 

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. Proverbs 30:5

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13  

…..and how to not just hear the Word, but to be richly filled and able to give, in the name of the One who gave it all for you.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in you hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

Do everything without grumbling or arguing,  so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky  as you hold firmly to the word of life.  Philippians 2:14-16

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. James 1:22

Dwelling (setting up my tent) with the Word,

Laurie

 

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