This is the miracle beyond human understanding.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Our loving Father didn’t just send a message or a messenger – he send his son.
And that son didn’t come just to talk, but to dwell.
That’s how God chose to open our eyes to grace and truth.
Our Father knew that we needed more than billboards or pre-roll ads on YouTube to get the point.
We needed a person – God’s very image – to dwell among us.
I praise you Father God
for your wisdom
for your compassion
for your patience
that you would make known truth and grace
at great cost to your Son
who came in humility to dwell
Grant me the same mind
to present your WORD with my presence
to not only declare your love but to display that love
Abide among us always
John 1:1-18 Bible Study and Commentary
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All that God has done is to be found in the universe, partly visible and partly known to us. There God may be found, because there He has uttered Himself. But science tells us that in this universe there has been a gradual development from lower to higher, from imperfect towards perfect worlds; and it tells us that man is the last result of this process. In man the creature at last becomes intelligent, self-conscious, endowed with will, capable to some extent of meeting and understanding its Creator. Man is the last and fullest expression of God’s thought, for in man and man’s history God finds room for the utterance not merely of His wisdom and power, but of what is most profoundly spiritual and moral in His nature. In man God finds a creature who can sympathise with His purposes, who can respond to His love, who can give exercise to the whole fulness of God.
John 1:1-18 (ESV)
The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 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 bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
Liturgical Reference for Sunday January 5, 2019
Sunday School & Sermon Examples for John 1
- See the children’s sermon on John 1:1-18 and Sunday School lessons on John 1:1-18
- “Word Became Flesh” Sunday School Lesson from John 1:10-18
- God is the Alpha and Omega (John 1) Lesson #2 in What is God Like?
- Teaching Kids About the Incarnation (John 1:1-2 and 14) Lesson
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