“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 testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” John 1:14-17
Call to: Draw Near
Jesus is the very real, flesh-and-blood Son of God. Incarnation literally means “in the flesh”. Yes in the earthly presence of God’s Son, John saw His glory, grace and fullness.
This is the mystery of the divine housed in an earthly body to make the crucifixion even more powerful. In His divinity, Jesus bore the weight of the sin of mankind. In his humanity, he experienced all the pain, agony, and humiliation of the cross.
And out of the human/divine reality, we experience grace upon grace. Only God could do that. And our only gut response is love, praise, worship and thanksgiving.
Sit, think and meditate for a moment on the divine miracle, the divine paradox of Creator God becoming the suffering Savior. Now, what are you feeling inside about your relationship to Jesus? And what is your natural response?
Praise + Prayer: Jesus, my Savior and Friend, You lived the perfect life that I could not live. You died to pay sin’s penalty that really I deserved to pay. I thank you for Your great love, the unbelievable price you paid to leave the glory of heaven to come to this broken world to save us from ourselves. I love you, Jesus. I receive your gift of grace upon grace. And inwardly, and outwardly, I fall to my knees in praise and adoration for who you are and what you’ve done. Amen