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TBONE61
Dec 10th 2008, 03:20 PM
John 1:1-17 (New King James Version)

1] In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2] He was in the beginning with God. 3] All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. 4] In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5] And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. 6] There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7] This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. 8] He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. 9] That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. 10] He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11] He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12] But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13] who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14] And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15] John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16] And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17] For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

The Nature Of Christmas (Christ's Humanity)

The nature of Christmas involves God the son becoming man. The Divine took on humanity. So how real was this humanity? John says that Christ lived among them and that they gazed on Him. They got an up close and personal view of Him. He describes it more fully in 1 John 1:1-3; they heard Him, saw Him, handled Him, and the Glory of God was revealed to them through the humanity of Christ. So why was the humanity of Christ so important? Take a bit more time today and go a bit deeper in these passages from the book of Hebrews for some of the answers.

(Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:1-10; 9:22-28; 10:4-10)

FOR TODAY: Let the glory of God shine through your humanness!