Friday, December 13, 2013

Advent Day #13 - John 1:9-18

The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.  He came into the world, but the world didn't recognize him.  He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.  But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.  They are reborn-not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.  So the Word became human and made his home among us.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father's one and only Son.  John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds.  "This is the one I was talking about when I said, 'Someone is coming after me who is far greater that I am, for he existed long before me.'" From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.  For the law was given through Moses, but God's unfailing love and faithfulness can through Jesus Christ.  For no one has ever seen God.  But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father's heart.  He has revealed God to us.

In a human sense, God's redemptive plan is a bit unbelievable.  If we were to plan it all I am certain we would have made a lot more noise.  Instead of a poor little child in a manger, I am sure we would have the messiah born in a palace.  He would become an object of adoration from his very birth.  God had a purpose in manner he chose to reveal himself to us.  Jesus came to God's own people, and they didn't recognize him for all of who he was.  We who are able to see who he is, he is made a way for us to be adopted into the family of God.  It is a spiritual birth.  That has been God's concern all along.  He has always desired to bring a spiritual renewal to his creation.  Jesus became a man and made his home among us.  He familiar with everything that it means to be a human.  He has suffered and he has experienced human joy.  He has a complete understanding of what our lives consist of.  He is full of love.  He isn't full of love like you would fill a bottle.  Love is an essential part of his character.  He is faithful.  In the same way, faithfulness is an essential part of his character.  John the Baptist says that he existed long before him.  To say that is to make a bit of an understatement.  Jesus has always existed.  There was never a time before he was non-existent.  God's abundance overflows and pours out every good thing to those that love him.  The law was given by Moses to demonstrate to man his inability to win the favor of a Holy God.  Jesus came to show us that, through his love and faithfulness, God will bring into right relationship with him.  No one can gaze upon all of the glory of God and live.  Jesus came with his divinity veiled, in order that he might reveal God to us.

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