The Word Became Flesh
And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. –John 1:14
As a young child, I learned so very much about the Holy Bible. Since then, I have come to understand just how important it was that the Word became flesh. In the Old Testament, we read about how God made man and woman in God’s image. Does that mean that we are just like God? Does it mean we are more like God than other living beings? I truly do not think so. However, I do believe that we are God’s representatives.
In many cultures historically, whenever an army or people invaded a place, the new leader placed his statue in the new land. The statue was not the leader, but rather a reminder of the leader. In the same way, we represent God. Yet, like people throughout history, we fall short. We make mistakes. Sometimes we become proud, independent, or determined to do things our way. Simply put, we turn from God. We sin; therefore, we need an advocate. Also, we need a model to show us how to live and love one another. For us at Lebanon FUMC, Christ is our example. Christ took on human form but was filled with truth and grace.
The final important lesson is that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. This reminds us that we are to live, love, and serve those around us. As we prepare our hearts and minds this Advent season, let us love God more fully by loving those around us.
Father, thank you for the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. Thank you for continuing to dwell among us. Today, we invite you into our hearts so that we can become filled with grace and truth today,
tomorrow, and always.
In Jesus name we pray,