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When the Word Dwelt Among Us

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on earth at the same time Jesus did? I’ve heard people talk about going over to the Holy Land and walking in the same traditional spots that Jesus would have walked, seeing the Garden of Gethsemane where he prayed, seeing the traditional place people believe he was buried and rose again. Even seeing those things and walking in the same area He walked has to be thrilling for any believer. I mean, Jesus (who John refers to as “the Word”) was God in the flesh who came and dwelt among the very people He created. What’s not exciting about that?

The Word became flesh

In the opening of the book of John, John presents Jesus as the eternal “Word-become-flesh” Son of God that was pre-existent before the creation of the world. The very “word” of God was spoken and everything about our universe came into being. Then, God’s only begotten Son stepped out of the splendor and glory of heaven and took on flesh so that He could live among us, die for us, and rise again so that we could have eternal life.

The Word dwelt

The word “dwelt” literally means “pitched His tent.” If you remember, God “dwelt” among the Israelites after they left Egypt in the tabernacle, which was a tent. That was then followed by the temple after Solomon built it. At best, God’s voice was heard or he was seen as a cloud or pillar of fire. But with his birth, Jesus took on flesh and lived, breathed, talked, and walked among the people of His day. He felt hunger, pain, cold, hurt, disappointment, anger – everything we do. He was both 100% human and 100% God.

The Word lives in our hearts

Today, as Christians, we say that Jesus lives in our heart. The idea of Jesus living in our hearts comes from Ephesians 3:17, which says, “and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love.” In Romans 5:5, Paul wrote that “God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” So for those who have recognized they are sinners and have a need for a Savior, have repented of their sins, and place their faith and trust in His death and resurrection become children of God (John 1:12-13), Jesus lives in our hearts.

The Word cried “Abba! Father!”

As a result, Galatians 4:6 says “God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying ‘Abba! Father!'” The word “Abba” is much like our word for daddy – it’s personal. There are only three people in this world who get to call my Dad, “Daddy” and that’s me and my two sisters. We have that privilege because we are his daughters. But when Jesus became my Savior, I also was “born again” into the family of God – and now I have the privilege of calling Elohiem – the God who created the heavens and the earth with just His spoken word – Daddy. The Great “I AM” is my spiritual daddy. As His child, I can call out to Him, “Abba! Father!” No matter what I face in life, Elohiem is my Abba. 

My words and actions reflect on The Word that lives within me

Just as my actions, words, and behavior reflect on my parents, because I am a child of God, my actions, words, and behaviors reflect on my spiritual Father. Because He lives in us, we should live in a Christ-like way that honors and glorifies who our Father is. Our words and behaviors should honor Him. What we do when we think no one sees should honor God. What we say when no one is around to hear it, should honor God. Our thoughts should honor Him. The places we go should honor Him. How we treat others should honor Him. I’m reminded of a song we used to sing as children:

Oh be careful little mouth what you say
Oh be careful little mouth what you say
For the Father up above Is looking down in love
Oh be careful little mouth what you say.

Then we’d go on to sing the other verses that were Oh be careful little hands what do, Oh be careful little eyes what you see, Oh be careful little ears what you hear, and Oh be careful little feet where you go. When they do, His glory is seen by everyone. Does your life demonstrate that Jesus – the Word who became Flesh and dwelt among us –  is living in you?

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