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The Word Became Flesh

Christmas Devotional Reading

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The Word Became Flesh

"The Son is the Spoken Word, the living expression of all that God has ever sought to communicate about Himself."
-The Bible Readers Companion

John 1:1-5,10-12,14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (NIV)

The Word Became Flesh

At Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus. When he came into the world as a baby, he was sent from heaven to earth to become the living expression of the Father God. This was the gift he brought. His very life would speak to us everything that God ever wanted to say to us about himself. What an amazing gift!

One day we were discussing this passage in John 1 on the Christianity forum. As we considered the enormity of this gift, we were struck by the phrase, "the living expression." One member of the forum, G. Anthony Buchsbaum, marveled, "The living expression ... for that speaks of nothing less than the living Christ encountering us in our present circumstances. He is the personal Word of God to us. Through Christ, God continues to communicate himself to us through the personal revealing of his Son. In the person of Christ, all wisdom and knowledge is to be found. Yet the Father must reveal the Son to us so that the Son will in turn reveal the Father."

Buchsbaum continued, "Our knowledge has always been two-dimensional in nature. Yet the knowledge of God presented to us through his 'living expression' takes on a three-dimensional form, for it addresses the entire person, from head to toe. It not only informs us, it transforms us."

Have you ever stopped to consider this concept? God so intimately wanted to communicate with you, that he sent Jesus to speak forth the living demonstration of his heart. As you dwell on Jesus Christ and his Word, realize that God is still speaking his "living expression" to transform you, not just this Christmas season, but every day.

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