The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. – John 1:14, NIV
God, the Son and the Word who was with the Father in the beginning became flesh. He came into the world as a newborn Babe to live among men. He was raised in a Jewish home to Jewish parents in the town of Nazareth. He became a carpenter like Joseph before going into ministry. As Man, Jesus experienced the things we experience such as hunger and thirst, tiredness and grief. He was tempted like us but He didn’t sin. He prayed daily to the Father. He had friends and He socialized with different sorts of people, some of whom were treated as outcasts.
The glory John saw was the transfiguration of Jesus when He took Peter, James and him up to the high mountain where He communed with Moses and Elijah. They were not to mention anything to anyone until He was raised from the dead (Matthew 17:1-3, 9). Peter later wrote, “For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’ And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain.” (2 Peter 1:17, 18).
Jesus came from the Father to bring grace and truth into the world which was steeped in sin and darkness. His grace was shown in his healing of diseases, the casting out of unclean spirits and in his interaction with tax collectors, sinners, the woman caught in adultery and the Samaritan woman. He shared moral and religious truth through parables and the Sermon on the Mount. He taught people how to live in relation to God and to people. Jesus placed God’s truth which was found in His Word above the traditions of men and the lies of Satan.
As you celebrate this Christmas season, reflect on the amazing reality that Jesus, by Whom all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, set aside His majesty and glory and came in the form of man to tabernacle among the people (Colossians 1:16; Philippians 2:7).
Thank You, Lord Jesus for becoming like us, so that in the flesh You could save us.