As we celebrate Jesus' birth and wait for his Second Coming, my devotion for today is based on John 1:1 and 14: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . 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.”
The birth of Jesus might sound like another myth or fairy tale, except that the story’s writer made sure to include many verifiable historical details. It is a true story. The Bible says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” The Word is the Son of God himself. He became a human being. He was born to dwell among us. We know him as Jesus. It is his birth that we just celebrated. In the little town of Bethlehem, a woman named Mary had a child. That child, Jesus, was “full of grace and truth.” He embodied truth. He didn’t embellish the truth. He didn’t cover up the truth or twist it to serve an agenda. Jesus came to dwell among us to live, and speak the truth.
The truth of a God who came to save a world consumed by self-serving lies. The truth of a God who loves you more than you can imagine. The truth of a God who made his home on earth, so you have a home with him in heaven. The world wants to put what took place at Bethlehem in the same category as the North Pole and Whoville. But what happened at Bethlehem is true. A Savior born for you.
Please pray with me, Jesus; help me believe and celebrate the truth of your birth as my Savior. Amen.