Devotional

When God Became a Man

December 5, 2016

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten Father, full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

Have you ever been reading a portion of Scripture, and suddenly, it just hits you like never before? I remember some years back thinking on this verse from the Gospel of John and realizing that it is, quite possibly, the most profound statement ever made. The Word who we see, who is with God in the closest, most intimate association, but is also Himself God, dwelt among us! The eternal, unchanging, everywhere present, all-knowing, all-powerful, perfectly pure, absolutely loving God became a Man! That’s Jesus. He is God. He is the God-man.

The Word Became Flesh

These four words—“the Word became flesh”—are the foundation of all our knowledge of God and of all our knowledge of man. They are the foundation of the relationship between God and man. They are the foundation for all our hopes, the guarantee of our peace, and the pledge of our blessedness.

The Foundation of All Our Hopes

What do people hope in today? Some think the world is actually getting better. Others have put their hope in a failed political system. Still, others put their hope in things that have already been tested and shown to be failures. But our hope is built upon the Word who was with God, was God in the flesh, dwelling among us, allowing us to behold His glory, “the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” That same grace is available to anyone who will embrace Him today.

The Guarantee of Our Peace

Jesus is also the guarantee of our peace. In our world, there is a universal longing for peace, yet peace eludes them. But Jesus, the God-man, is called the Prince of Peace, and “of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end” (Isaiah 9:7). That’s not here yet. It’s still in the distance, but here’s the good news. Jesus offers peace within. Conflicts come externally because we war against God internally. But Jesus Himself is our peace. We now have “peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” through the forgiveness of sin (Romans 5:1).

The Pledge of Our Blessedness

Lastly, Jesus is the pledge of all of our blessedness. All of the blessings that God has promised to us are wrapped up in Jesus Christ. Pastor Chuck used to lead us in the Doxology, “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise Him, all creatures here below; praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.” Yes, it’s from God that the blessings come, but Jesus is the channel. He is the One who enacted the plan and the purpose of God to bring us the blessing. They all come to us through Him.

In the weeks ahead leading up to Christmas, we will be focusing on the theme of our Lord’s coming into this world. But I would ask you today, have you received His grace? Are you experiencing His peace? Do you know the blessedness that is yours through Jesus Christ? These benefits can be yours; all you have to do is ask.