Verse of the day
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
There are so many facets to this verse.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.. Jesus was born as a baby and lived among us, like a normal person. The best part of Him as a person was that He lived a perfect life. He was CAPABLE of sin, capable of rebelling against His heavenly Father.. but he didn't. He chose to shun all sin from permeating his perfect being, which makes Him the perfect sacrifice, the perfect pure lamb that was slaughtered.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son.. He grew up around normal people, people who knew him from a baby, a toddler, a teen, and up into adulthood. Those same people (and many more) were eye witnesses to His ministry, the miracles He performed, the wisdom that He spoke. And they wrote about it, in the book called the Bible. Even today we see the miracle of God all around us; the details in a baby's growth in the womb, the smallest vein in a leaf on a tree, the minuscule crystals of a snowflake that build up into a mountain of snow, the kindness of a smile from a stranger.
We have physically seen His glory.
Who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.. God did not have to watch his Son go through life as a human, He chose to send him here to show us what grace really is. Burdening Jesus with all of our sins so heavy that His soul literally sank to the abyss of Hell to leave them there so He could return, pure again, to his home with his Father in heaven. He didn't have to. We didn't earn that.
Grace: the free unmerited favor of God.
And to think, all we have to do is believe these words are truth, and accept that we aren't perfect, and the only way we will ever be able to be with him in heaven and not burn in fire forever is to say "i'm sorry, please forgive me. please be with me and guide me. i believe in you."