Today’s reading: John 1:1-14

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. But in today’s reading we learn that in the beginning was someone called “The Word.” We’re told that this Word was WITH God when He created the Universe, but also WAS God (it’s okay if you found this reading confusing because – well- it IS confusing!). John then says this Word became human and made His home among us.

God became a human. Think about that.The same God who breathed the earth into existence with just a thought became a defenseless baby. In Philippians we’re told that this Word “emptied himself” of His divine powers and became a human in every possible way

Thousands of years ago God told Adam and Eve “someone’s coming someday, and He’s going to crush evil’s head.” Jesus, the Word, is that someone. Because sin was humanity’s problem, Jesus became human to deal with that problem (more on that later). Beyond that, because Jesus was fully human the Bible tells us that he was tempted in every way that we’ve been tempted.

This means that when you pray to God, you are praying to a God who understands. He knows what it’s like to lose a loved one. He knows how frail our human bodies are. God didn’t just sit back and sympathize, He got up close and personal with our pain. And he did this for one reason – because He loves us. Jesus loves us. He loves YOU.

Now what: Often when we pray we imagine we’re praying to some God up in the heavens that we can’t really imagine. He feels distant and far away. How would you pray differently if you knew you were talking to Jesus, who lived on this earth and understands? If you often feel like God is disappointed in your failures, what if instead you viewed him as understanding them.

Before, the hope God offered was distant and vague. But by becoming human and being WITH us we see how deep God’s love for us really is. Our belief in God’s goodness is based on the reality of Jesus. Do you struggle to believe that God is good, or that He genuinely loves you? Admit that to Him, and ask Him to help you understand His love for you.

Want more? Colossians 1:15-23; Philippians 2:1-11

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