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 Message version of the Bible translates this passage, ‘The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.’ One of my favourite Christmas movies is ‘Miracle on 34th Street.’ In New York city – home to all great Christmas movies – a lawyer and a little girl try to prove that a man claiming to be Santa is the real deal. You can’t beat it, a great fictional Christmas movie, glass of mulled wine, open fire, scent of cinnamon fragranced candles filling the room.
Jesus took up residence amongst us, leaving the majesty and glory of heaven for a dusty stable. He grew up in a persecuted nation, showing us God’s father heart and ultimately dying for a broken world. John, arguably Jesus’ best mate could say, “I saw His glory,” He knew Jesus, ate with him, laughed with him, saw The Father move powerfully as they walked with him. As we come to the end of advent and remember the one who came to our rescue and will come again in glory, may our prayer be to know Father God and to invite him to continually make his home in us and take up residence in our neighbourhood.