And the Word became flesh and lived among us. (John 1:14)
Does any more hopeful statement exist?
The Word—God himself—became flesh and made his place among us. Think about that.
He came to us.
How often do we contemplate the full impact of that gift? How often do we stop to consider how much Jesus gave up? He sacrificed his rightful place with the Father and all the glory of heaven to live in poverty, to know the limitations of an earthly body, to experience pain, sadness, betrayal, and even death.
And he did it all for us. His love is that great. No longer do we have to wander aimlessly, searching for a way out of the darkness. “In him was life, and the life was the light of all people” (John 1:4). Since he knows our plight, he can guide us through whatever we face.
A modern-day parable explains it like this: A man fell into a hole whose walls were too steep for him to scale. He asked for help from many, but they were unable to help him out. When the man’s friend saw him in the hole, he jumped in with him.
“What are you doing?” the trapped man exclaims.“Now we’re both down here.”
Jesus is our way out. In darkness, he is light; in pain he is comfort; in sadness, he is joy; in loneliness, he is a friend; and in death, he is life.
Regardless of what happens, our hope lies in Christ, for through him “we have all received grace upon grace” (1:16).
May you and all those you love know the true gift of that grace this Christmas and throughout the New Year.