“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1:14
My heart is so full as I read this verse, and every time I do I’m overwhelmed by what I can only describe as the full weight of God’s glory, grace and love. Fathomless, relentless, indescribable…LOVE. I’ve yet to have a moment where I’m thinking about it and not have the awe of this truth escape my eyes in tears of gratitude.
I’ve heard and read it 1000+ times in my life and always had the head knowledge of it and even the heart knowledge to a very basic extent. However, last Christmas is when it began penetrating my heart and spirit on a deeper level and has continued to do so since. One of my best friends sent me a blog post last Christmas Eve, by Charles Martin, “What Kind of a King Would Do Such a Thing?” It was exactly what I envisioned when I read this verse. This whole passage, actually. Only he brought it to life as I read. I not only saw it in my head then but felt every word he had typed, in my soul.
I read this verse now and can’t help but wonder, “Does anyone truly, fully understand it?” I don’t think so. I don’t even think I do. Even though what I comprehend is incredible as it is, I feel like it’s only scratching the surface. “The Word became human.”
So much of the time it’s hard for me to really process that Jesus was in fact human at one time. I know He was, but it’s the difference between having head knowledge and spirit understanding. Now that I have what understanding that I do, here’s what gets me: Jesus CHOSE to leave perfection, walk through the gate that separated earth from heaven, trading His perfect body pigmented of light for a fragile body of breakable bones, wrapped in flesh that was susceptible to every physical and emotional pain possible. Then, by way of being born into some of the crudest conditions imaginable, in the one of the cruelest points of history, He gave up His body of light so He could bring light to the world. There’s so much more to this then what we sing or read about during this Christmas season. So much more to be praised. The circumstances in which He was born was actually symbolic. There was no room for the King to be born, and a great population of this world…still has no room for The King.
Read John 1:1-5, and 9-14. He knew before He created the universe, every single detail of how this would all play out. He knew just when He would come to give Himself for us. He knew He would be rejected then, and again when He would be hanging on the cross for the very people who were rejecting Him as He died. And He knew that He would not only be rejected over the next 2000+ years, but also accepted only to later be rejected again by the world and the very country on which His Word was found and built on, for the sake of social and political “evolution.” You would think it’s enough to make Him change His mind before walking through that gate. However, the same God that this world and nation has so disregarded, still CHOSE to become human, to follow through with His plan, because there was more that He saw, that He still sees….He knows it’ll all be worth it. He knows that there’s already victory and the end result is so very beautiful. And love…love is what drove Him. Love made His choice for Him.
Your Turn: Jesus chose to leave perfection for you. Have you chosen Him? Did this post give you a new perspective on the meaning of Christmas? Have you had a verse that gave you new eyes to see just how much God loves you? We’d love to hear from you. Please share in the comments below. ~ Heather