‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.’ John 1:14
It’s hard to imagine a famous celebrity, MP or even a member of the Royal Family wanting to give up their expensive wealth, status and lifestyle to live permanently with the poorest people in the poorest places of the world: those in slums, communities hit by natural disasters and African villages wiped out by HIV and AIDS, lacking basic sanitation and suffering from starvation.
Some may drop in to pay visits every now and again, usually with a camera crew to show the rest of the world how good they are. But how many remain in those areas for over thirty years?
And I don’t think any of them would suffer excruciating pain and die to deliver them from the dangerous situations they face.
But in this case, we’re talking about a deity here. And not just any old god: the only true living God, who has the Earth as his footstool (Isaiah 66:1). 2,000 years ago, Jesus came to earth from the splendour of Heaven, in the lowly form of a human being. The King of the Universe willing humbled himself (because he loves us because he loves us because he loves us) and served us completely and utterly by dying for us on the cross.
He saves everyone who acknowledges that we have ignored Him and have gone our way instead of His right way, which leads to death and eternal isolation.
By His grace, our wonderful gift which cannot be earned, we can now have a relationship with the God who we were previously cut off from, through Jesus who has risen from the dead and is alive forever.
How amazing! Jesus loves us so much to reveal this truth to us, although we don’t deserve to after our rebellious act of rejecting God. He delivers us from the dire situation we face, cut off from God. The Gospels stand as testament, as proof, that Jesus is indeed the Word and our Saviour, and was planned from the beginning of time to save us.