Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
(The Advent: Faces within the Christmas Story.)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 (MSG)
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.
“And the Word (Christ) became flesh, and lived among us; and we [actually] saw His glory, glory as belongs to the [One and] only begotten Son of the Father, [the Son who is truly unique, the only One of His kind, who is] full of grace and truth (absolutely free of deception).” -AMPLIFIED
We have looked at many faces over the past few weeks, but now we come to the face of the One that this season is truly about. We will now look at look at and consider the face of the Christ child. The whole reason that we celebrate Christmas is because of this Child; the gift from God given to man so that man may have forgiveness and a hope. Because of the importance of this face we will spend the next few days looking at our central figure.
It was the Apostle John who truly brought out the point that Jesus was the Word (God Himself) who became flesh and dwelt among us. “The Voice took on flesh and became human and chose to live alongside us. We have seen Him, enveloped in undeniable splendor—the one true Son of the Father—evidenced in the perfect balance of grace and truth.” -(VOICE)
Let us remember the words of the angel spoken to Joseph in his dream when he was considering breaking his engagement to Mary. Matthew tells us, “While he (Joseph) was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God’s angel spoke in the dream: “Joseph, son of David, don’t hesitate to get married. Mary’s pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God’s Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus—‘God saves’—because he will save his people from their sins.” This would bring the prophet’s embryonic sermon to full term: Watch for this—a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son;
They will name him Immanuel (Hebrew for “God is with us”).” -Matthew 1:20-23 (VOICE)
This Child was the One who was spoken of all the way back in the Garden of Eden; the promised Redeemer. It was there in the Garden that God spoke these words to the serpent, “The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all the cattle, and more than any animal of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. And I will put enmity (open hostility)
between you and the woman, and between your seed (offspring) and her Seed;
He shall [fatally] bruise your head, and you shall [only] bruise His heel.” -Genesis 3:14-15 (AMP)
It was Isaiah who when speaking to Ahab prophesied of the coming Child. Isaiah foretold of the virgin birth and the Child who would be “God with us”. “Then Isaiah said, “Hear then, O house of David! Is it too small a thing for you to try the patience of men, but will you try the patience of my God as well? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Listen carefully, the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and she will call his name Immanuel (God with us). He will eat curds and honey when he knows enough to refuse evil and choose good. For before the child will know enough to refuse evil and choose good, the land (Canaan) whose two kings you dread will be deserted [both Ephraim and Aram].” -Isaiah 7:13-16 (AMP)
This Little babe that we remember in the manger was the promised Redeemer, the Savior of mankind. He was also the Word become flesh who dwelt among us. He was the help that we so desperately needed; God’s promised answer to our problem of sin. This little Child, this babe was our remedy sent directly from the Throne Room of the Most High. He was our help sent from Heaven.
God Almighty, you saw man’s hopelessness and wretchedness. Knowing we could do nothing to fix our problem you took care of our problem for us. You became flesh, coming down to Earth to live as we lived and experience what we experienced. You came as a babe and grew to be a man,encountering and enduring everything that a human would go through; yet you sinned not. God, I am so humbled by this truth, but thankful to know that you have made it possible for me to find redemption in you. You are my help from Heaven. Thank you God for keeping your promises!