Sunday, December 18, 2011


The fact that Jesus was both fully God and fully human is utterly mind-blowing yet also fully comprehensible to those with child-like faith. I suppose it is because we understand that in order for the human race to be saved, a human sacrifice had to be made. What is harder for me to understand is the vast love Jesus had to have in order to leave a kingdom He ruled to come down and dwell among this mess.

One of my favorite passages of Scripture is from John 1:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8 He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14 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.

He became flesh and dwelt among us. It is the great gift and love of God. And it also helps us understand that we are capable through Him of all He asks of us, because He showed us how to be both human and filled with the Spirit of God. He showed us the two can exist together and not only that, were made to exist together. He showed us that He understands every human weakness and need we have, and He fully intends on making us strong and fulfilling His promises not only in us, but through us as well.

That little Baby who shivered in the cold, who became not only human but poor and homeless on our behalf, is worth every effort of our praise and our thanks. Jesus left comfort to bring us comfort. He left prosperity so that we might have our cup overflowing. He left His throne so we could understand we are children of God--heirs, in fact.

And now we have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth.

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