Notice: The Men's Breakfast which is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st is CANCELED. See you on September 5th !
Verse of the Day
Our Verse of the Day for Sunday, August 2nd, 2015 is John 1:14
The Word Became Flesh
"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
Who is this "Word", It is God Himself, stepping out of heaven, clothing Himself in human flesh, and entering human history. Paul said to the Colossians that Christ "is the image of the invisible God...For by Him all things were created...and in Him all things consist...that in all things He may have the preeminence" (1:15-18).
GOD'S GARMENT - "The Word became flesh." Jesus came down to where we are so we could go to where He is! He was the unique God-man. He was not God /and/ man as He walked the ways of this world. As God, he walked on water, calmed the storm, healed the sick, and rose from the dead. As man, He got thirsty and tired; He felt sorrow and pain. He "understood" every emotion, temptation, and pain we experience. This is amazing condescension (behavior that implies that somebody is graciously lowering himself or herself to the level of people): in Jesus, God Himself took on the garment of human flesh.
GOD'S GRACE - He "dwelt among us...full of grace and truth." Dwelt means "to take up temporary residence as though one lived in a tent." This was the Lord's mission. Jesus was "full of grace." Grace is defined as "unmerited favor." There is a difference between mercy and grace. Mercy is not getting what we deserve. Grace is getting what we do not deserve. The Lord was also "full of...truth." It is only when His grace leads us to know the truth that we are truly free. Jesus came not to talk to us about God, but to show us what God was like.
GOD'S GLORY - "We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father." John saw "His Glory", "His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light". This same Jesus who was born in Bethlehem, who took on human flesh, longs to be born again in our hearts. His desire is to take up residency in you, to dwell in your heart. "Christ (The Anointed One) in you, the hope of glory".
Have you personally "beheld His glory" in yourself? Jesus laid aside His glory to enter human flesh...for me...for you.
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