One of the most profound truths of the gospel is that we are fully known by God, and fully loved by God. This idea of knowing God personally is one that is exclusive to Christianity. It is absolutely mind boggling to think that the God, who created us, became like us, lived among us, died for us, and made it possible to be with Him forever. While this concept is beyond our own human comprehension, scripture proclaims its truth and we believe it by faith.
This passage today gives us insight into the fact that God always desired to be with His creation. From the time Adam and Eve fell, God had been actively working to restore His people and be with them. The tabernacle that God instructed Israel to build would make a way for just that. God would have a dwelling place among men. This would only be a temporary dwelling of course, but it points forward to the permanent plan of God to dwell within the hearts of His people.
John 1:14: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Greek word used in this passage that describes Jesus coming to “dwell” among us, literally means to “abide in a tabernacle or tent.” Jesus came to dwell (tabernacle) with His creation. Just as God laid out detailed instructions for Israel to construct a tabernacle for Him to be with them, God reveals His detailed plans to have a relationship with us through Jesus in His Word. The fact that God fully knows us and fully loves us is amazing. But it doesn’t stop there. God desires to be with us in our hearts and it was through Jesus that He made it happen.
Get alone with God today and draw close to Him through His Word and in prayer. Praise Him for making a way for you to know Him personally through Jesus.
By: Matt Mofield