Happy Monday, Making Space for God friends! This morning I have been meditating on the following Scripture:
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by 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 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
13 Which 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 was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. Jesus, the Living Word was with God and was God. And He came from God and dwelled with us. This cannot be comprehended by a surface reading. The weight of this passage and its significance causes me to hit the pause button and reflect. Jesus left His dwelling place with God the Father, as God Himself and came to us. He humbled Himself and became a Servant to all. We did not have to go to Him. He came to us. Why?
Because God so loved the world…
That He gave His only Son up to live with us and offer His life for us as the ultimate sacrifice that we might have life eternal.
So it was love that brought Jesus to earth and it was love specifically for us that caused Him to humble Himself. It was love that showed His disciples how to humbly serve others and it was love that ultimately held Him on the cross. We cannot comprehend this kind of love. I cannot compare it to making cookies for someone as a Christmas gift to show them I care or even going to visit someone who is sick because I want to show them my love. Natural love can only take us so far. But supernatural agape love comes from heaven and bends low. Supernatural agape love is what Jesus extended to us and as He indwells believers we extend to others. It goes beyond the things we do to care and extend hope to others. This kind of love is self-sacrificing.
During this advent season, take time to reflect on Jesus’ arrival. There was no drum roll or banners or fans waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. There were no parties thrown for Him to welcome here. He did not come triumphantly in a limousine (or in those days, riding a magnificent horse.) No, He came quietly and invaded this space we call earth.
And the Word became flesh and dwelled among us. And hardly anyone noticed. A few wise men did. An angry king knew. But what about you? Do you see Him amidst the crowds of shoppers or in the culture around you? He is seen in the hearts and actions of those who bend low; those who quietly serve. No fanfare, just love in action.