Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December 2, 2014

"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." John 1:14

No one likes the silent treatment, although it can be a fairly effective tool.

When someone you enjoy communicating with chooses to punish you by not speaking to you and not responding to your attempts to speak to them, it can hurt.

For four long centuries God had been silent toward His people. That's a long time to not hear from God! That is several generations of Chosen Ones who lived and died without hearing from God. 

If you go fours weeks or four months without hearing from God don't you find yourself becoming anxious?

You can imagine how eager they must have been to hear from Him!

The last word they had from God came from the Prophet Malachi and left them waiting and wondering:

“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.” Malachi 4:5-6

John the Baptist, born of a barren woman and an aged priest, came to be the Elijah, the fulfillment of this prophecy. Finally, the silence was broken and God's Word was proven true! 

John's message was clear, he was not the Messiah but he was come to preach and prepare the way for the Messiah.

God spoke and now was speaking through John, but John was not the last word! God had more to say! 

On a still night in a remote village in Judea, "the Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us" ! Jesus, the Son of God, the second Person of the Trinity, came in human flesh, born of a virgin in a manger inside of a stable.

Jesus came to be the voice God!

He is the "logos" of God! The "logos" expressed the heart and mind of God. His "logos" is His essence revealed to us. God's "logos" is God's life and it is God's light and God's love all wrapped up in swaddling clothes and first heard in a baby's cry!

God began speaking to hurting and hungry hearts on that first night in Bethlehem and He has been speaking ever since! Those who hear and listen find healing, help, and hope.

Are you listening?