Alive - Lent Devotional @ Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

John’s words are simple but powerful: the Word became flesh and lived among us. The magnitude of this occurrence should not be understated. This is God joining the human race, demonstrating that he fully understands our human condition, uniting the eternal love of God with a deep and personal empathy born from experience.

Jesus, the man, would go on to experience a broad range of human sensations: hunger, temptation, rejection, grief, and anger, as well as love, joy, friendship and delight. In Jesus’ life we see God the Son dealing with the same concerns and challenges as we do, facing issues in our world and on our terms. When we pray for help avoiding temptation, God understands what that feels like. When we ask for guidance on our way through life, God can relate to that need.

Moreover, Jesus lived a life full of grace and truth. We can never expect to fully live up to the example of Jesus – he remained divine, even as he was human – but his life remains as a guide for us. Our efforts may always fall far short of Jesus’ divine love, but that is no reason not to try, and indeed every reason to continue striving.

Gracious God, as I walk through the days ahead, help me to recognise the places You walked too, the ways in which You understand my human life. Remind me that You have shared in joy and sadness, fought disappointment and fear, and trusted in the enduring hope created by the love of God. Encourage me to welcome You in my life. Amen.

John 1:14

And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

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