February 16th, 2023
In our verse of the day, we’re reminded that the Almighty God chose to put on flesh and walk among us. He did not come to this world to make a long announcement and then withdraw from all that He has created. He joined the human race. He came through the slow process of a developing body in the womb. From womb to tomb, He joined humanity and identified with us as human beings. He invited all of us to share with Him the eternal kingdom of heaven. His birth (Christmas) also reminds us that God became like us and made Himself available for our needs. Christmas is the first step of God becoming one with us.
Jesus Christ became a human personality that was visible, audible, and tangible. People could see Him, they could hear Him, and they could touch Him (1 John 1:1-3). He had flesh and blood with its limitations of space and time, with its physical handicaps of fatigue, hunger, and suffering. He became flesh so He would be touchable, approachable, and reachable. He was an ordinary man from the little town of Nazareth in the province of Galilee. He dwelt among us.
The word “dwelt” means to pitch a tent. As in the Old Testament, He tabernacled among His people. He camped among them. He joined in discussions regarding politics, sports, and issues of life in general. Distances were created, but He came to build the bridge. And human beings got to witness it.
The word ‘beheld’ means ‘observed.’ This does not mean a casual glance, but a careful scrutiny of what is in front of you in order to understand its significance. Jesus was questioned, observed, criticized, appreciated, and commended, but at the end He was found to be the One who was to come. To observe His glory means to conclude that He is the One and therefore must be confessed and experienced as God. As we observe Him, we declare that He is the Lord of the universe—the God who came to us.
He is the God who still dwells among His people. He is available, accessible, and reachable 24/7. May Christmas Day remind us all that Jesus identifies with us, and continues to live among us so that we may seek Him, find Him, and enjoy fellowship with Him forever.
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