He Became Flesh and Sitting Among Friends #55

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

The Word. Jesus. Left His heavenly home to make His dwelling among us. To put on flesh so that He might walk with us. Experience life with us.

This is one of my favorite verses (I know, I say that about most of them.)

I can soak in this verse because we are not talking about a God that was untouchable or unreachable.

We are talking about a God that knew, for us to be like Him, He needed to become like us, in the flesh.

For this reason, he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

This is the part that pulls so deeply at my heart about this verse. He left His Heavenly home. His throne. His robes. His crown. His privileges. He laid them aside to be like us.

I can barely wrap my head around those facts. The love that exudes from that kind of sacrifice.

To make His way to earth. To the lowliest and humbling of all places. To become a babe. To be wrapped in flesh. To be wrapped in cloth and to be laid in a cattle’s trough.

To be born to a young bride. To be fathered by a man who was quite removed from his royal lineage serving as a carpenter. As they traveled back to their hometown of Bethlehem only to discover there was no place for them to start their new life.

As I think of that sweet babe’s face, so innocent and fragile, yet, at the same time, the only begotten Son of God.

For what? For a time. To make His dwelling among us. The undeserving but deeply loved.

He wanted to take up residence right in our midst so that we could know Him. So that we would have the opportunity to come back to Him. So we could be free from the bondage of sin and death that reigned in our hearts and we were so desperately destined to face.

 This is the God that would not leave His people no matter how often they rejected Him. No matter how many times they rebelled and turned to their own ways.

His way made complete in the beginning, allows us to not only have peace and hope of a future but rest and assurance in the now. We don’t have to wonder if what He did what enough because we can be confident that what He did, when He made His dwelling among us, was sufficient for all.  

You and I, if we choose Him and if you choose to trust Him, can look at the babe in the manger and know that He is the king that gave it all up for a time, for us.  He chose us so we could choose Him.

We no longer must look at the sweet babe in the manger and picture Jesus in that way. Although it is great to reflect on the sacrifice that He made for us there His work and His humbling beginning was only part of the story.

Jesus now sits on the throne. One day, we are told in Philippians 2:9-10 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

One of my favorite pastor friends would often remind us of this day. The day that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

The question is not whether we will bend a knee the real questions is when. Will we choose to bend it now and have eternal life through Him or will we have to be eternally separated from Him and still bend our knee to Him?

Friends, He came, He lived and made His dwelling among us to conquer what we could never do on our own. He conquered sin and death and because of that, we can have life in Him.

John the Baptist was sent to lead the way. He was sent to be the light of His coming. Someday, He will return and until then we are to reflect His light so that others may see Him. May we be the light that points to Jesus this Christmas.

If you have not yet made the decision to bend your knee to God or you are uncertain, you can be sure today by praying to God.

Admit to Him you are a sinner and you know that your wrongdoings separate you and Him.

Believe that when Christ came to make His dwelling among us He did it for you. Believe that He died on the cross and rose from the dead so that you could live with Him forever as King over your life.

Ask Him to turn your heart from your own ways to be more like Him and tell someone. Send me an email or tell someone you know that can help get you on the right track to taking your next steps. 

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  1. Beautiful devotion, Jaime. I love the focus on our choice. 'He chose us so we could choose Him.' Praying that we are all mindful of our choices this Christmas and that we choose LIFE. Have a blessed Christmas, my friend, and thank you for all that you do to spread the hope of Christmas.

    1. Thanks for joining us, Carlie. I do hope people see the love that Christ had for them to come down and choose us to be in relation with Him. That is the real beauty of Christmas. The opportunity that Christ gave us to choose life. You have a very merry Christmas, my friend!

  2. Hi Jamie! It's been a while since I've visited your site. Your site redesign is beautiful! Thanks for hosting today, my friend. Have a blessed week.


    1. Thank you, Tiffiney. I am glad to see you back. You have a wonderful Christmas!

  3. The Christmas Story is the best news ever! Merry Christmas.

    1. Christ coming is such an amazing thing. How amazing that would have been to hold his precious face and kiss those sweet cheeks. What a blessing that must have been to that new mom. Thanks for joining us here today and you have a Merry Christmas.

  4. Fun to see Horace's smiling face here.
    And, Jaime, thanks again for all you do!

    1. Isn't it great! I am so happy for Him. I just love his story and his heart for the Lord! Thanks for stopping by this week, Michele.

  5. A great challenge you put before us, Jaime, especially at this time of year. We need to understand how important it is to know Christ's salvation and not just the story of His birth. Thanks for the linkup, my friend!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and supporting us here. I appreciate you linking up with us and for sharing your heart in the comments here! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  6. The Gospel is always such a powerful message. His word will not return void. Praying that you have a blessed Advent, Jaime!

    1. Thank you so much, June. What an honor we have to share a part in telling the gospel story. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

  7. I hope you are having a great Christmas season and I am learning a lot.

    1. I am having a great Christmas season Patrick. I love the opportunity to tell of the coming of Christ. What a privilege we have. I also love giving gifts. It is truly my love language so this is such a great and fun time of year for me. I know this time of year is not easy for everyone for many reasons so I pray that it will bring them joy this coming year.


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James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

It is of utmost importance that you know that Christ died for you. He died for all sinners so that our relationship with Him could be restored.

Because of His sacrifice on the cross we can have peace. Are you seeking more peace today? Peace of the soul can only be given through the redemptive power of Jesus Christ.

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