12 Days of Christmas Devotions: Day Nine
This Christmas FiG is helping you to keep yourself focused upon Christ in this busy season where we celebrate our Saviour's birth. The ninth day is brought to you by M., a Missionary in Asia.
The Word became flesh
John 1:1-5, 14, "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through 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 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
The gospel of John begins with an incredible declaration of who Jesus is. Jesus is the Word, the revealer of God’s truth. He is also the Creator, the maker of all things. He is the victorious life and light of this dark world, and He is God.
Then in verse 14 are these words. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us….”
We will never fully comprehend what it was like for the eternal Son of God to become flesh and submit himself to the limitations of being a human, including time itself (which he had helped create). Jesus never ceased to be God, and therefore at all times had access to all the resources of the infinitely powerful Creator and Controller of the Universe. However, during his life on earth Jesus forfeited exercising this power on Himself, apart from what the Father had decreed.
Yet, we can’t begin to understand the extent of Jesus’ humility, until we consider that he did not even come to earth as an adult. When Jesus took on flesh, he did so by being ‘born of a woman’ (Galatians 4:4) as an ‘ordinary’ baby. Although still Almighty God, yet in one sense he became humanly weak and dependent on his parents for all his daily needs. This humiliation would continue throughout his childhood as he didn’t shortcut the painful process of growing up, but instead under the instruction of his poor Nazarene parents and others in his village and country ‘Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature’ (Luke 2:52).
But why did the eternal son of God undertake this terrible humiliation to be born as a ‘helpless babe’? This was the way God had chosen to bring Life, Light and Salvation into this broken world.