The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:7-8 ESV
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love that you have for all the saints,
because of the hope laid up for you in heaven.
Of this you have heard before in the word of the truth, the gospel,which has come to you...
Colossians 1:3-6 ESV
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 1:14 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God,
did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant,
being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient
to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 ESV
The Word lived among us and we saw His glory…full of grace and truth…
The Word (Jesus) became flesh. Another name could have been the Word of God. Have you thought about what Jesus took off when he put on human flesh. For those 33 years, he had to set aside not only the glory of heaven, but his ability to be omnipresent, to be omniscient, omnipotent and be honored and glorified as He was in heaven. Coming to earth meant He would become a servant to us, in a human body…along with all its limitations. There must have been times it was naturally speaking, very frustrating for Him…if He wasn’t depending on pleasing the Father.
We have never known what it is like to be anything else but human. What must it have been like for Jesus? He knew what it was like to have been God and He had to set aside those abilities. He had to NOT call on the legions of angels to help Him at the cross, for example, because He knew why He was here and what needed to be done. He had to hold back on doing only the miracles the Father wanted done, not the ones done for show like making bread from stones at Satan’s request (after 40 days of fasting in the desert.) His death for sin needed to happen for our atonement and also to have the final victory over sin and death and Satan as He rose from the dead.
He had many words to speak both verbally and by His actions. Christmas was the beginning of the story He was here to tell. What wonderful words to us: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory…”