Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Word became flesh, and brought flesh to my broken soul with one word.

I have been meditating a lot lately on John 1:14, which says, "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." I want to show you two reasons to praise Christ for His great mediation.
1. He brings God to us. - "And the Word became flesh" -What a statement that is! God knew that we in our brokeness could never step towards Him, so He stepped towards us. He laid aside His throne, dominion, and power, and He subjected Himself to the humanity He Himself created. God knew that we could never step into His world to embrace Him, so He stepped into ours.
2. He brings us to God. - "and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory" - The Word "dwelt" literally translated means "To build a tent," or "To tabernacle" John is drawing us a deliberate picture of the Tabernacle of the old covenant. Remember in Exodus 25:8, God tells Israel to build Him a tent? In this tent He commands that the Ark of the Covenant be placed, and His literal, bodily, presence dwelt there. His physical glory. His shekinah. Well John says that when the Word became flesh, He tabernacled among us... And we have seen His glory! This means that we can rest in the Tent of Glory! We can peel back the tent flaps to the holy of holies, and curl up before the glorious presence of our Father. We can rest before the mercy seat.

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