John 1:14 NKJV
14 And the Word became 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, we relate to God under the new covenant, one that is superior to the old covenant we read about when we read the Old Testament. To think that the word became flesh and dwelt among us is beyond comprehension. To think that the God of heaven packaged himself in a human body so that he could interact with us and ultimately make a way for us to be reconciled to him is awesome.
The children of Israel had walked with God on and off and they had this one track understanding of who God was. Their relationship with Him was as one with a distant God and not a relational one. We see very few people in the Old Testament relate to God on a personal level. Their relationship was more about performing tasks and keeping the law.
Enter Jesus, the word made flesh in the New Testament, and all this changes. He dwells amongst us and he walks with us eats with us and faces the same challenges we face on a day to day basis and yet He is able to overcome and make a way for us. Through his example we are able to catch a glimpse of the possibilities that God has in store for us.
Through Jesus, whom people could see touch hear and interact with, God, his nature and love was made visible and tangible to the human race. He gave up his position and deity to be clothed in human flesh and to dwell amongst us ultimately to die a shameful death on the cross for our salvation.
How do you relate to God, as a distant God or one who is close and understands everything we have to go through?
When you read the word, do you consider the word and God to be one?
Jesus gave up everything to be made flesh and dwell amongst us, what are you willing to give up to dwell with Him?