This is Simon the Tanner’s house in Joppa, Jaffar, Acts 10: 6, He (Peter) is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.”
John 1: 14
“14 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 Word became flesh.”
Jesus took on human flesh and became a human being through the incarnation. God became human to be the savior of mankind. God sent His only begotten Son into the world to give us the salvation that we do not deserve. Jesus of Nazareth stepped out from eternity into human history. Our calendar AD and BC is according to His birth.
“Made his dwelling among us.”
The Greek word for ‘dwelling’ is the ‘tabernacle’. The Word ‘tabernacled’ among us. The tabernacle and later the temple was the earthly dwelling place of Yahweh. The tabernacle was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ. Jesus, Immanuel, is the presence of God in our midst. Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
“We have seen his glory”.
The apostle John saw the glory of Jesus. John was a very reliable eye witness of Jesus’ glory. John and Jesus were cousins because John’s mother, Salome, and Jesus’ mother, Mary, were sisters.
“God’s only begotten Son came from the Father, full of Grace and Truth”.
Jesus is the embodiment of Grace and Truth. Jesus is full of Grace and Truth. The Hebrew word for Grace and Truth is ‘Hesed’ and ‘Emet’, which means Unfailing Love and Faithfulness. The NLT translators used Unfailing Love and Faithfulness instead of Grace and Truth.
Lord, thank You for stepping out of time into human history. Thank You for the gift of Yourself coming to us in Grace and Truth. Thank You for tabernacling among us, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
John 1: 16-18
‘’16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and in closest relationship with The Father, has made him known”.
Jesus is full of grace, and from that fullness, we received an endless supply of grace, superabundant grace, overflowing grace, grace on top of grace, favor on top of favor, and spiritual blessing on top of spiritual blessing.
The law was given through Moses. Grace and Truth is Jesus personified. Jesus is superior to Moses. Law is replaced by Grace and Truth. Moses is sent by God. Jesus is God. The law is a mirror to reveal sin. Grace and Truth forgives sin and provides salvation.
Jesus is a message from God in a language that we can understand. Jesus is the exact image of the invisible God, Colossians 1:15. The radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, Hebrews 1: 3. To see Jesus is to see God.
|Devotional In Matthew 6:19-21 Jesus teaches us an important spiritual principle we need to know in order to give God the entirety of our hearts. Scripture says: Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. You are the child of a loving God who is desperately jealous for the entirety of your heart. Matthew 6:19-21 illustrates a truth that spans beyond this world and into the fullness of eternity. You and I have an opportunity in this life either to give our hearts to God and receive an eternal reward, or to give our hearts to the world, which will only lead to destruction. We can either surrender all that we are and have to the perfect, pleasing plans of our heavenly Father or seek fulfillment, pleasure, status, and wealth in that which belongs to the world alone. The absolute best way we can ensure our lives are fully surrendered and available to the Father is to spend the first moments of our day alone with him. If we are going to make the most of this life, we must set aside time to assess our thoughts, actions, and emotions. We must make time to take an honest look at our lives and discover whether we are truly living for God or for the world. And in response to a daily assessment, we must consistently engage in the process of confession so that our lives may be empowered by the forgiveness and love of the Father. God longs for your life here on earth to impact eternity. He is a Father who has perfect plans to bless you in ways you cannot imagine. But God cannot bless that which is not best. He cannot reward you for doing that which is destructive. Choose to center your life around meeting with God that you might store up a wealth of eternal treasure. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit every morning that he may reveal anything that’s keeping you from experiencing the fullness of life Jesus died to give you. Surrender your life to the God who has greater things in store for you than you can ask or imagine. And experience the peace and joy that comes from allowing God to have the entirety of your life to bless and fill with his glorious nearness.|
|Prayer 1. Meditate on the truth of God’s word. Allow Scripture to fill you with a desire to surrender your life fully to God’s plans and love. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21 2. In what ways are you laying up treasure on earth? Where are you seeking fulfillment and provision from the world rather than God? What parts of your life are not God’s best for you? 3. Confess any sin in your life to God and take time to receive his forgiveness. God hates sin because it robs us of the fullness of life he longs to give. Once we confess our sins to him he truly forgives us. Don’t dwell on your sin, but rather on the goodness and grace of God. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9|
|Go… Oswald Chambers wrote, “Joy means the perfect fulfillment of that for which I was created and regenerated.” You were created and regenerated for unhindered communion with your heavenly Father. Experiencing true joy in this life will be the result of casting aside anything that chains your heart to this world. Live today for God alone and discover the wealth of life that comes from storing up your treasure in heaven. Extended Reading: Ephesians 1 or watch a video on Ephesians.|