John 1:1-14 (ESV)
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 enlightens 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.
I know this is the third time this passage has been posted. It is a good passage and today it has been going through my mind a lot. We have been unpacking since our possessions arrived last week and today we began unpacking our boxes of books. I thought the girls were excited about their plush animals and toys but the excitement they had as they rediscovered books that that loved and cherished was amazing to watch. As I was putting my books on their shelves in the office I would look at ones I have read several times and think that I needed to pick them up again and then there are books that I haven’t even read yet. I really need to get to those. There are books that seem to be missing. I might not have packed them or maybe sold them a few years ago but forgot. There are books that are missing because I haven’t purchased them yet or have purchased the Kindle version so they have a space on my devices but don’t need one on the shelf. These pieces of bound paper with words written on them filled with conversations that have challenged, comforted, and encouraged me; books that are for learning, enjoyment, or refreshment. These words that come to life when I read them in my mind or out loud to my children are filled in these books.
The Word became flesh. God speaking to us in a way that cannot be ignored; a way that confronts us and disrupts us. The Word became flesh. God’s perfect expression for us to behold His glory and witness His Truth draws us in to a true knowledge of ourselves, each other and our Creator. The Word became flesh.
Thank you Jesus for coming. Thank you Father for speaking through your perfect Word. Thank you for filling us with your presence and allowing us to behold your glory. Amen
Take time for memorize this passage. I am sure you will see it again before this Lenten Season is finished.