Day 5 // Incarnation

“The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw his glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and he was full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 (NCV)

“The Word” is one of the highest and most profound titles of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the first verse of this chapter, John says, “In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Now he’s telling us that The Word (God) became a human… That’s the miracle of the Incarnation. God became a man! It was the only way to reach man. It was the only way to redeem mankind from the judgment of sin. That’s how much He loves you and me! He left His throne in a perfect heaven to come to earth, clothe Himself with our humanity and offer Himself as a perfect, sinless sacrifice for sinners! The Bible says, “God made (Christ) who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NIV)

Because God was in Christ we can see what God intended for humanity from the beginning, before Adam sinned. That’s why man is dysfunctional without God. Just as Jesus identified with the Father as the full and complete expression of God, so God created each human being with the capacity to be a physical, visible expression of an otherwise invisible God. For that to happen though, we must be born from above; a supernatural birth in which God is restored in the man. That’s why John goes on to say “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God– children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” in John 1:12-13 (NIV)

The miracle of Christmas is not only that Christ was born and God became man, but that through Christ, you and I can be born again! That spiritual birth enables us to be inhabited by God so that He may have access to teach our minds, control our emotions and so direct our wills that it would become demonstratively obvious by all that we do and say and are that Christ lives in us. Just as an oil lamp needs oil to produce light or a car needs gasoline to go, we need God to be functional. Why — because we were made that way. God designed you and me with a God-shaped vacuum that only He could fill. We try to fill that vacuum with so many things, religion, possessions, pleasure, position, money or relationships. Still we remain empty until we are filled with God. Have you asked God to fill that emptiness in your heart? He will. Ask Him now.

“Dear God, I ask You to fill the emptiness in my life. I’ve tried to fill it with so many things and yet nothing really satisfies. I invite You into my life and ask You to forgive me of my sins. I trust Jesus as my Savior from sin. Thank You for hearing my prayer and forgiving me. Thank You for coming to live in me now and forevermore! Help me to learn to be the Christian I have become.” In Jesus name, Amen.

What are some of the things you’ve tried to fill the emptiness with inside?

How would your life be different if you let God fill you with His presence?

If you’ve prayed that prayer today, attend one of the services at church and let a pastor know.