Thankful: God dwells among us

The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

– John 1:14

Today, I am thankful that God dwells with me.

The Word, who is Jesus, was in the beginning. He was with God and He was God (John 1:1). And, when the fullness of time came, Jesus became flesh and lived with us. His first stop was the manger, and the last was the cross.

Today, I can still observe His glory. His life speaks just as powerfully in this moment as it did then. He is alive, and He still lives among us! He chooses to work in my heart and speak light to my soul. His grace flows from the cross, teaching me, shaping me and transforming me.

Though it’s been more than 2,000 years since He shed His blood to pay the price for my sins, He continues to extend forgiveness, redemption, freedom and peace. He takes up residence with me, and He chooses to love me now.

Jesus is not some far-off deity, or unknown God. He abides with me, and I with Him (John 15:4). He is not only my Savior, He is my friend. And every moment I am given here on this Earth, I will live it with Jesus by my side.

Glory to God in the Highest

The night was quiet, as the Earth held its breath in anticipation of the dawn. A baby’s cries interrupted the stillness, and heaven could no longer could contain the praise due to the Savior of the world, who was now laying in a manger, wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Shepherds were the first to hear the glorious, good news, as heaven’s armies burst forth in chorus:

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!

Thirty-three years later, as another Sabbath came to a close, numbness began to take over those who loved their Messiah most. The image of their Lord beaten, bloody, pierced, dead was too much to take. And, now he lay buried in the ground. Jesus had cried out, “It is finished” as he hung on the cross, and as they gathered together, that’s how it felt, like everything they had loved and believed was finished and done and buried.

The darkness of the night lay heavy upon the earth, and the rocks which held the tomb in place begged to break the silence. The first rays of sunlight began to break across the horizon, and an earthquake ripped open the dawn of the third day as the stone was rolled away from the tomb’s entrance.

All of heaven held its breath as the Son came forth in victory, defeating Hell and the grave. The song the heavenly hosts sang upon the Christ’s arrival on Earth was realized as the Prince of Peace conquered sin and its full punishment, proving His complete authority in heaven and on earth.

He is Risen!

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests!