Welcome Him

John 1:14 is a stunning verse, (God) 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.”   The Incarnate Man-God, Jesus, walked among mankind.  He had a job as a carpenter. He engaged in life with others, laughing, crying, hurting, and enjoying just as others did. His three years of ministry were not experienced hidden from others in a mountain top cave, separated in a monastic environment, or living untouchable in an ornate cathedral.  Jesus walked among primarily normal, everyday people and was welcoming and loving.  He took time to hold babies and spent time relaxing and playing with young children when crowds were pressing up against him.  He was right there at street level rubbing up against others, conversing with, warning the proud and the rich, encouraging the poor and downtrodden, healing the hurting living out life in obedience to God. The Incarnate Man-God named Jesus never traveled more than 150 miles from his birthplace; yet His simple life in a relatively remote part of the world impacted mankind more than any other human being by a large margin.  Our calendar is divided into BC (Before Christ) and AD (anno Domini meaning “in the year of our Lord”).

Hebrews 4:14-16 states how fully human Jesus was yet in every step of his life living out the life in obedience to God, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Not only did Jesus dwell on earth, now he desires to dwell in our hearts.  Paul the Apostle pray(s) that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” (Ephesians 3:16&17). Literally, this verse infers that Jesus wants to take off His shoes and rest as He lives within in our hearts.

Revelations 3:20 speaks to Jesus desire to dwell with us, “I stand at the door (of your heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”  Welcome Him into your heart to dwell with you as you live out life in obedience to God.

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