John 1:1-14 (NRSV)
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 came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.
On October 14, 2012, Felix Baumgartner an Austrian skydiver, daredevil, and BASE jumper, set a world record for skydiving by jumping out of a helium balloon at an estimated 24 miles high. On his way down, he reached speeds of 840 plus miles per hour. He was the first person to break the sound barrier without vehicular power.
When Baumgartner jumped out of the balloon, he had no idea where he might land but hoped that it might be within 100 miles of his launch site. Basically, he was aiming for the planet Earth and trying to hit it, but not too hard!
When God aimed for Earth over 2,000 years ago with his Son Jesus, He hit it hard. God did not use His Son’s divine nature as an opportunity to make a safe landing on the rocky terrain of a hardhearted world. Instead, God “. . . emptied himself, taking the form of a slave . . . He humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:7)
Jesus hit the earth so hard that a cross marks the spot. He hit it with arms outstretched, for us and for our salvation. God hit the earth hard in order to get our attention. God became what we are. He became flesh and blood, a human being. God came to live among us on exactly the same terms that we have to live. As the Gospel of John asserts, “. . . the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
Before Jesus, we struggled with God’s goodness. God was mysterious and distant. It was hard to comprehend exactly who and what God was. But then God got local. He joined us through his Son and it made all the difference in the World.
Questions for the Week
Consider Journaling your responses to this question:
Various Titles and descriptions of Jesus are included in his story (John 1:1-14, The Story, 309-310). Pick one of the following and explain what you think it means and how you have experienced this to be true of Jesus:
Jesus: The Word
Jesus: The Light
Jesus: Is God
Jesus: The one and only Son
Jesus: The Maker of all things
Jesus: The one who brings grace and truth
Jesus: The Life
As you take time to pray, here is an idea to get you started:
Pray for eyes to see Jesus as he is: The Light, the Life, Immanuel, the Son of God, the Savior and so much more!
Jesus want to come out of you. Ask Jesus to help you be a reflection of his light.
Read for next Session
We will remain in Chapter 22 throughout Advent and the Christmas Season