Big Idea: Jesus is a historical figure who did exist.
John 1.14 (CSB): The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Devotional: Have you ever seen a black and white photo after it has been colorized? It is one of the coolest things you’ll ever see. Just a few days ago, I saw a video of New York in the early 1900’s that had been colorized and enhanced to 4K quality. Put simply, it was amazing. No longer did the early 20th Century seem like such a long time ago.
It’s amazing how we can tend to think that we are further removed from events and situations than we really are. For instance, I’ve been watching Buried Secrets of World War II on Hulu. Just because the War ended 75 years ago, does not mean that we are far removed from it. There are still many signs of the War left today that have yet to be unearthed.
In the same way, I fear that we tend to do the same thing with Jesus. I fear we forget that Jesus lived as the one who is fully God and fully man. John reminds us of this truth. John wrote that The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Not only did Jesus take on flesh, but he also came and lived among us and with us. And he continues to live with us today through the presence of the Holy Spirit who has been given to us (Rom. 5.5).
Rejoice in the reality that our Lord came and dwelt among us and is still with us!
-Do you think of Jesus as an actual person who lived or as an abstract idea? Why?
-What do you think the implications are of the reality that Jesus lived here on earth?
-Pray and thank God that Jesus came and lived among us. Thank him for the hope that we have because of his live (Heb. 4.14-16).
God became man not by subtraction of divinity, but by addition of humanity. —Alistair Begg