John 1:14 – The Word Dwelt Among Us
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)
The word “dwelt” literally means God set up His tent or tabernacle among us. In the Old Testament the tabernacle was a large tent that traveled with the Israelites wherever they went. The priest would go into meet with God—they had to be ceremonially clean in every way to enter God’s presence. Jesus turned this upside down, because He takes on flesh and pitches His tent in the middle of our backyard—a messed up backyard at that. Put simply: Jesus entered the mess of our world. Jesus was born in a dirty feeding trough, to a young struggling family, in a small town where sheep outnumbered people, in a defeated country that was under military occupation, among a people who felt politically and spiritually defeated. And as we look at His life and ministry we see Jesus’ path intersecting with the most unlikely people, inserting Himself in the midst their sin, their mistakes, and their struggles. He pursues even those who will eventually deny Him, betray Him, and crucify Him. If you are a follower of Jesus this should resonate with you BIG-TIME. We cannot impact the world from a safe distance. Following Jesus will lead us to enter the mess of real lives in the real world. Just as Jesus entered the mess of our lives, we must be willing to enter the mess of others’ lives around us. How is God leading you to enter the mess of this world?