the word became flesh

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 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 1:1-4,14 NLT]

There is a divine mystery that has surrounded humanity since the very first Christmas.
Doubtful that anyone in that stable really understood the significance of what had just happened.
The event is both normal and supernatural. It is somewhat beyond our understanding.

Who could have grasped that God Almighty was taking on human flesh?
Who could have understood that this was not an earthly king come to sit on an earthly throne?
Who looking at this helpless babe could have ever imagined that he was their savior?

Yet John says here that he was one of the ones who saw the glory.
He knew the Messiah and he embraced the nature of his divine mission.
As John writes you get the impression that he was realizing that he had walked with God.

John witnessed the miracles, remembered the teachings and agonized over the cross.
And he saw the resurrected Messiah - the living Word of God.
These verses bind together the miracles of Christmas and Easter.

Open our eyes Lord that we might see the glory of the one and only Son who is full of grace and truth.

... this devotion is part of the Red Letters series. Click here to read more.

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