The Big Picture

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. ~ John 1:14

The apostle John lived with Jesus for more than three years. He walked, talked, ate, slept and followed Rabbi Jesus. When God’s Spirit moved John to tell his story about Jesus, he went all the way back to the beginning, the beginning, beginning. In the opening lines of his Gospel, John pulls back the cosmic veil to help us see Jesus’ arrival on the grandest scale possible.

The God who made all things, the one who spoke all things into being, the one through whom everything that is came to be, inhabited a human body knit together in the womb of a young Judean peasant girl. God became a human being. The Lord Most High became a baby. He took on flesh and dwelt among us. He entered time taking on our limits and vulnerabilities.

Why? In many ways this is a mystery about which we can only marvel. But perhaps one of the reasons God came to be with us as a baby was because humanity could not relate to or connect with the infinite majesty of the Eternal Word who was, and is, and is to come. He’s just too big. The immensity of the God who is – the I AM – is simply too much for us. And so, I AM became Immanuel, God with us, that we might believe and find light and life in Him.

How have you experienced the Word dwelling among us?

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