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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
  All things were made through him,
and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
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.

John 1:1-5, 14 ESV


To dwell.

What does it mean?

In this case, what is it’s meaning in Greek

The language these words were written in originally?

They don’t just mean living with.

It also means to abide or to tabernacle with.


The idea carries a considerable amount of intimacy.

This isn’t some sort of distant knowledge of someone.

He came to live with us, in our world.

Mess and all.


Imagine, the GOD of the Universe leaving heaven to live with us.

And He didn’t live in wealth.

He lived with a very humble family in a humble setting.                        stop

He came to live here on earth to ultimately redeem us by

Dying on the cross in order to pardon our sin.

Christmas is an amazing time of year.

I don’t usually start writing about it this early but

Five Minute Friday forced my hand.


When I think of this meaning of GOD dwelling with us

I remember another great word…

Emanuel…GOD with us.

I am so glad He came!