I started to write a new post for my Christmas devotion, but as I did, I found that my heart’s message was still the same as the one I wrote last year. I pray it still ministers to the hearts of our readers.
My heart is so full as I read the verse above, 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, the Christmas before last 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 Christmas Eve 2014, 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 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 than 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.
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.
The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. 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 1:1-5, 9-14 NLT
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 before He left heaven, and would know it still when hanging on the cross for the very people rejecting Him as He died. And He also knew that he’d be accepted only to later be rejected again by the world and the very country on which His Word was established 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 be here with us. He still chose 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. His love for us…for me, for you…is what made His choice for Him. Today, as gifts are exchanged and unwrapped, I pray we take time to remember and reflect on the greatest gift we’ve been given, that still gives every day till He returns; His sacrifice, grace and love.
I couldn’t decide which song would best encompass the heart of this message, so I decided to share both. They both minister to my heart deeply. I pray they will yours too.
Blessings, Merry CHRISTmas!
Read our other Christmas posts from this week:
- Noel – Beth
- Christmas Time Is Here – Andrea
- Prayers & Praise – Cassandra
- Keeping Christ in “Christmas” – Liz
- He Wants Your Heart – Pam
- Love Came Down – Cheryl
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Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.