Incarnation

Libby Boehne

Read: John 1:1-18

We have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (v. 14)

I don’t particularly like being busy, but sometimes it feels unavoidable. It’s easier to let myself become overbooked and overworked and wear my fatigue as a badge of honor. I work with college students, so I have a front row seat to what happens when too little sleep meets a high level of stress. In more ways than one they are preparing for life in the workforce, already becoming well-versed in masking their anxiety and depression with broad smiles and good grades.

The Gospel of John begins with the Word becoming a human being and dwelling among us. The word “dwelt” in verse 14 is very important. In our busy lives, it’s easy to miss that God is actively with us, next to us, waiting for us. That reality—that God became a human being to be with us—makes all the difference. God’s glory is not some faraway dream or idea, but it’s something we can see because it’s all around us. God became a human being so we might be saved from our broken world and to a life of freedom. God came to dwell with us so we might dwell with him. Christ came into this world not that we might have tasks and to-do lists in abundance but came “that they may have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). —Libby Boehne

As you pray, consider the ways you can see God’s glory today.