In the first chapter of his gospel, John writes, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” One of my favorite word-pictures of this truth goes like this:
Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often, he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar and went to the homes of the poor. No one whom he visited had any idea he was their ruler.
One time, the king visited a man who lived in a cellar. He ate the coarse food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him. Then he left. Later, he visited the man again and revealed himself saying, “I am your king!” The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn’t. Instead he said, “You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, dreary place. You ate the coarse food I ate. You brought gladness to my heart! To others you have given your rich gifts. To me you have given yourself!”
The king’s presence in one beggar’s life instilled in him a sense of wonder and gratefulness. May the reality of the God-Man do the same in us! May we increasingly grasp the wonder of “God With Us,” not just by His presence but by His experience!
– Lance Ward, Pastor of Congregational Care