Unspeakable Joy Devotional

December 18th

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The Word Became Flesh. John 1:14 “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory was of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

John 1:1-14 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Today, if possible, try to stretch your imagination just far enough to think what it must have felt like for the Word to become flesh, for the God of eternity to step into time. It’s almost impossible to fathom, but try. What must He have felt as, for the first time, He was contained? Imagine: You sat upon the universe, held the world within Your hand. Could simply love have made You choose to take the form of man? What glory, what majesty did You choose to rescind. When You came down to earth to take away our sin. The stars, which one You put in place, seen from another view. From far below and not above, must have seemed so small to You. Your flesh and bone, Your earthly shape, could hardly hold You in. It must have been quite hard for You to go from space to man.

Today, remember that because Christ took on flesh, He knows how our lives feel. He can sympathize with us in every way. Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Remember that before He was ever a baby, God said He would be a savior. Thank Him for His body, which was broken for us.

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