Week 39   Day 1

 

  

            what does it mean to say that the Word became flesh 

                        that God was incarnate 

                        that God became like us

                        that God is in the midst of us 

 

            our bodies often get in the way of what we want 

                        not able to endure the demands we make 

                        not able to go without rest and sleep 

                        not able to stay young or strong

                                   

                        they are susceptible to wear and tear

                        weaken with the years  

                        are subject to and respond to

                                    all kinds of

                                                whims 

                                                wills 

                                                wickedness 

                                    all kinds of

                                                good

                                                grace 

                                                gentleness 

 

            God coming to us in the flesh

            subjected himself to all of that too

                        in order to

                                    identify with our nature 

                                    understand our experience 

                                    and love us anyway 

 

                                    "and the Word became flesh

                                     and dwelt among us 

                                     full of grace and truth"

 

                                                                              ---rus

 

 

 

                   WHERE DOES JESUS' STORY BEGIN?

           Not in Bethlehem, but before the world began!

                                                   John 1

 

    1 In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and

the Word was God.  2He was in the beginning with God.  3All

things were made through Him; without Him nothing was made

that was made.  4 In Him was life, the light of men.  5The light

shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

    6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 

7He came to bear witness, that all through him might believe. 

He was not that Light, but was a witness of that Light, 9which
gives light to every man coming into the world.

    10He was in the world, and the world was made through

Him, and the world did not know Him.  11He came to His

own, and His own did not receive Him.  But as many as

received Him, to them He gave the right to become children

of God: 13who were born, not of blood, nor the will of the flesh,
nor the will of man, but of God.

    14The Word became flesh and dwelt among us; we beheld

His glory, as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace

and truth.  17For the law was given through Moses, but grace

and truth came through Jesus.  18No one has seen God at any

time.  The only begotten Son has declared Him.

    19This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests

and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, "Who are you?"  23He

said:  "I am 'The voice of one crying in the wilderness:  "Make

straight the way of the Lord,"' as the prophet Isaiah said."

    29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said,

"Behold!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 

32John bore witness, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven

like a dove.  33This is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit."

    35Again, the next day, John stood with two of his disciples

and 37the two followed Jesus.  38Jesus turned, and seeing them,

said, "What do you seek?"  They said, "Rabbi, where are you

staying?"  39He said to them, "Come and see."  They came and

remained with Him that day.  40One of the two was Andrew,

Simon Peter's brother.  41He found his brother Simon, and said,

"We have found the Messiah."  42And he brought him to Jesus.

    43The following day Jesus found Philip and said to him,

"Follow Me."  45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We

have found Him of whom Moses and the prophets wrote--Jesus

of Nazareth.  46Nathanael said to him, "Can anything good

come out of Nazareth?"  Philip said to him, "Come and see."

           This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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