Jesus is… among us, by Ty Tamasaka
“14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14 NIV
As we are starting our journey through the book of John, we are discovering who Jesus is from John 1.
We remember from our previous devotions that Jesus is the Word (of God). Since our words are what Jesus Himself said reveals our mind and heart, this means Jesus is the One who reveals the heart and mind of God to us.
We also learned that Jesus is the light who shines into the darkness of our lives. He is not the light that destroys the darkness… because we would be destroyed with it. Instead, He is the light that shines into a dark world and into the darkest areas of our lives.
In this devotion, we see that Jesus “became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”
1 – The mind and heart of God became visible.
“The Word became flesh…”
There are people who will argue that the mind and heart of God is a mystery and can never be made known to man. Jesus says that the words we speak reveal what is in our hearts and minds. Since John identifies Jesus as the Word, we can see that Jesus makes known the mystery of God’s heart and mind to man. Jesus Christ made the heart and mind of God visible on earth by living the life we should have lived.
2 – He was with us.
“made his dwelling among us…”
The Greek word here that is translated “dwelling” has the literal meaning, “tabernacled” or “encamped.” The tabernacle was known to house the presence of God, the substance of God, and the glory of God. Here John is saying, God made His presence, substance, and glory among us.
God with us is the most spoken promise throughout the Bible. If you search the Scriptures, you will find the promise, “I am with you” throughout the Bible. God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. Genesis says repeatedly that God was with Joseph in prison. He went with Moses to deliver His people. The pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night spoke to God’s people in the desert that He was with them. He promised His presence to Joshua as he entered the Promised Land. He was with David throughout his reign. He was with the three Hebrew boys in the fire.
In the other Gospels when Jesus came, He was called “Immanuel,” God is with us.
We get to claim the promise that God is with us.
3 – Some have seen His glory.
“We have seen his glory…”
During His time on earth, there are many who saw Jesus, but missed His glory. There were many who seen Him walking by, but few who beheld His glory. There were many who saw Him walking, talking to others, and performing miracles, but few who truly beheld Him as the Messiah as He was passing by.
I think the same happens today. Many see Jesus’ miracles. Many see His blessings. Sadly, many fail to behold Him as Messiah.
4 – God is full of grace and truth.
“full of grace and truth…”
When He is among us, Jesus is filled with both grace and truth. Some people are full of truth, but show little grace when it comes to dealing with people. If you spend time with people like this, they might be hard and have a tendency to make you feel guilty or condemned. Others might be very gracious, but are not very truthful. Those who have lots of grace, but little truth might be fun to be around for a bit, but they are rather flaky.
John reminds us that Jesus is filled with both grace and truth. He gave grace to those who were in need of a special tough. He spoke truth to those who needed to be confronted and corrected.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus. Lord Jesus, thank You that You came to dwell among us. Thank You that You make known the mind and heart of God, dwell with us, and are full of grace and truth. Thank You for dwelling with me. I pray Lord, open my eyes to behold Your glory, in the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.