And the Word was made 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. (John 1:14 KJV)
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. (John 1:14 NKJV)
So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. (John 1:14 NLT)
No matter how you say it, it’s awesome. Jesus, gave up a part of who he was and became less so we could become more. He traded some of his God-like traits and let’s face it, took a step backward, so we would eventually understand the unfathomable love that is poured upon us.
Father God, when I am tempted to wonder if you can reach me, help me to remember that Jesus became like us to reach us. I guess there isn’t much you won’t do to connect. Thank you, Jesus, for the ultimate demonstration of your love. Amen.
…He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus, just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, their Lord and ours. (1 Corinthians 1:2 NLT)
What does it mean to be holy? As the verse says, we are made holy because we belong to Jesus. However, as we get to know God we are changed because of our relationship with him. That changes causes us to continually seek to be more like him. It causes us to cry out “Lord, look at my heart and show me where I need to be different.”
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends You, and lead me along the path of everlasting life. (Psalms 139:23-24 NLT)
This is not forced on us by any institution or custom. It is a response to God’s love evident in our lives. Our desperate cry is caused by a deep longing to know God more.