Advent Reflections – God with us

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 (NIV)

Read: John 1:1-18

Consider: As an eyewitness of Jesus’ life, John wrote his gospel to show that Jesus was both fully human and fully divine. John opens his gospel account with these words: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God at the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made (1:1-3). John starts at the beginning of time to show that Jesus was there as fully part of the Godhead, present at creation. There are two errors that can be made about Jesus: to underestimate his divinity and/or to underestimate his humanity. Do you believe that Jesus was fully divine? Can you see the implication? If Jesus is fully divine, it is clear from the gospel accounts that he was prepared to limit himself while on earth. What do I mean? As God, Jesus had the power to do anything, yet he chose to live as a human being with all the limitations that involves.

Having stated that Jesus is fully divine, John moves on to show that Jesus is also fully human. In John 1:14 he says: 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.  What might Jesus being fully human mean to you? I think most of us have such a sanitised view of Jesus that we have forgotten the implications of passages such as Hebrews 4:15 where we read: For we do not have a high priest who is unable to feel sympathy for our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin. Do you really believe that whatever temptations you are facing in life, Jesus fully understands what you are up against? Do you believe that whatever family issues, health issues or financial issues you are facing at the moment, Jesus fully understands them?

We also need to remember how shocking John’s claims for Jesus being fully divine and fully human were at the time. To the Hebrews John’s claim that Jesus was God would have been seen as blasphemous. To the Gentiles the claim that God had become human and dwelt on earth would have been unthinkable.

At this Christmas time let God convince you of Jesus’ humanity and his divinity.

Pray: Father, help us to fully understand the implications of Jesus being fully human and also fully divine. May we never underestimate either part of his character. Amen

Every blessing


Next:  #6. Advent Reflections – The glory of the Lord