Friday, April 25, 2014

April 25, 2014 … The Word Became Flesh

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 115

Devotional Song: Go to this link …  Please go to this video link to hear the Maranatha Celtic singers singing the classic hymn Fairest Lord Jesus, reminding us that God needed to become flesh, even in the lowest form, a babe in a manger, so that man could see and identify with the Messiah; and then GO TO THIS LINK to hear Brian Doerksen sing Creation Calls with much the same message – that the creator of all we see in nature had to become flesh so that mankind could behold their Creator.

Highlight Passage – NKJV: John 5: 14 [NKJV] …  
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. 
Highlight Passage [Context] #1 – NKJV: John 1: 5-14 [NKJV] … Go to this link 

Reference Passage #1: Malachi 3: 1 [NKJV] …
1 “Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, Will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger of the covenant, In whom you delight. Behold, He is coming,” Says the LORD of hosts.

Reference Passage #2: Romans 1: 20-21 [NKJV] …  
20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 

Reference Passage #3: Philippians 2: 5-8 [NKJV] … 
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

My Journal for Today: As a reader in meditation with me here I hope you take in the breadth of what I’ve posted above in photo, songs, and narrative; because the message is enormous!! It tells the story that mankind was a part of God’s creation; but man couldn’t see God in and through His creation, … which He brought into being through His Word.

No, … because mankind couldn’t behold THE TRUTH in the form of creation, The Lord had to prophesy and then send THE WORD in the flesh, first in the form of a babe, setting aside His, the Lord’s, glory so that mankind could see and identify with Him in the flesh. God became flesh; and as it declares in the first chapter of John and Philippians 2, He dwelt among us, even humbling Himself to die on a cross so that we, through our faith in His finished work, could dwell with Him forever.

Do you get the message, fellow human?!! Do you believe the messenger, who was John, the Baptist, a message which was foretold seven centuries before he, John, came (see Malachi 3 above)? Do you believe in the One whom the messenger declared was THE ONE, … the Messiah, … the Lamb of God? Do you believe that this God Man came and died on a cross and was raised again defeating death forever? Do you believe that this same One, Who died on a cross, is the One Who created the universe and everything in it?

Do you believe?!!

Because if we do so believe, we will be with Him forever! ... And that, my friend, is the GOSPEL truth!!

My Prayer for Today … I do believe, Lord. … Amen

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