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Advent Devotional | Day 18

December 19, 2018

The Word Became Flesh | Wednesday, Dec. 19

John 1:14

This is the most astounding miracle in the entire Bible. God has become flesh. Think about all the miracles Jesus did. They aren’t that surprising if you realize that He is God in the flesh. Walking on water seems unbelievable until you realize He is the God who created the water and the water obeys Him. It isn’t that startling to learn that He fed 5,000 since He created their stomachs and the food itself. He’s the one who nourishes us. Even the resurrection isn’t too much for the Lord of life and death. He rules over it all. During this Advent season, don’t miss the wonder of this God who came in the flesh to dwell among us.
 
DISCUSSION
 
Which Christmas carols or other songs express the awe of Jesus as the Word made flesh?
 
PRAYER
 
God, we confess our inability to fully comprehend this truth in Your Word and in history. Yet, we praise You for the wonder of the incarnation, the Word made flesh dwelling among us. We praise You that we have seen Your glory in the face of Your Son. Jesus, we praise You as the one full of grace and truth. The justice of God and the mercy of God are exemplified in Your life, death, and resurrection from the grave. There is no one like You. You are the unique Son, the only begotten of the Father. Help us not to treat this truth lightly. Help us to feel the wonder and to share the great news that Jesus has come to save us from our sins. God, we pray that You would bring more people to know Your love, as the one who became flesh and dwelt among us so that we might be saved from our sins. In the powerful, unique name of Jesus we pray, amen.
 
ACTION
 
What are your favorite Christmas hymns and songs? Sometimes these songs can be so familiar we don’t think about the meaning of the lyrics as we sing along. Take a moment today and look up the full version of these songs and reflect on the truth found in the many verses you don’t always hear. May the truth of these words ignite praise and worship within you!
Here are just a few classics to examine:
 
• “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
• “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
• “Joy to the World”
• “Angels We Have Heard on High”
• “O, Holy Night”
• “Away in a Manger”
• “Go Tell It On The Mountain”
• “O, Come All Ye Faithful”
• “Silent Night”
• “What Child Is This?”

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