What Jesus Did! 'Jesus Is God Come Near' — John 1:14

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

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So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.
— John 1:14 NLT
Illustration of John 1:14 NLT — So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.

Key Thought

God was not content just to proclaim his message to us — his "Word"! God wasn't satisfied that prophets could reveal his message to us — his "Word"! God wasn't willing that his message, his "Word," be confined to a book. No, God's ultimate message, his "Word," is Jesus. God's message, God's "Word," is Jesus coming in human flesh to live as one of us to reveal God to us. This incarnation made grace accessible, touchable, and available to human eyes. Yet even in human skin and burdened with human mortality, God's glory could not be hidden. God's "unfailing love and faithfulness" are revealed in Jesus. God came near. God became touchable. God's message became real in Jesus, the "Word"!

Today's Prayer

Holy and loving God, my Abba Father, thank you for the Scriptures, the prophets, the scribes, and the scholars. Thank you most of all for Jesus, who is your Word in human skin. Thank you for coming to my world and showing me how to live and how much you love me. As I journey through the Gospel of John this year, please make your presence and your will known to me as I get to know your Son better. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Hebrews 1:1-3
  • 2 Timothy 3:14-15
  • 2 Corinthians 1:20

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.