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He is Home – The Miracle of John 1:14

14  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.  John 1:14 (NLT)

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John 1:1-14

 May you realize the blessing of Christ making His home with you…the love and mercy and promise of eternity!


My friend Chris ( our Minister of Worship ) and I were talking last night between services,  of the ride we and our friends have had over the last sixteen or seventeen months.  There has been so much trauma, so many tragedies, so much going on physically, emotionally, spiritually, that it hasn’t seemed like we were singing and playing and leading worship n Christmas Eve.

There seemed to be a disconnection, a hard to believe gap between the calendar and our minds.  It just didn’t seem like Christmas yet…..

It’s like being away from home to long, there is a sense you belong there… but it takes a while to get acclimated.   I felt this even more going back to New England this year, taking William and Kay to see where I grew up, to walk where my family lived and played and grew up.

Yet home is here, especially here at this altar. Home is here, with the people of God. It is odd to have two homes, especially two so radically different.

In the gospel this morning There is an amazing line.

The theologians will talk about the importance of the first three verses, where I focus on the last two.

14  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.


Some older translations will phrase this – and dwelt among us.  But the words in Greek talk about setting up camp, your base, where you and your family dwell.  It talks of setting up the place you call home.

Jesus came and established His home with us.

He whose first home was with the Father and Holy Spirit, makes His home with us, in our midst.  He who is used to hearing the angels singing praises, whose home is a place we can’t even picture, we can’t even imagine the sound, our hearts cannot even conceive of the glory there…..

He leaves that home, and He just walks into our lives, uninvited, and makes Himself at home.  He belongs here, with us.

Amazing.

Miraculous,

Wonderful.

27  For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. Colossians 1:27 (NLT)


Jesus made His home with us.

Normally a Lutheran sermon would include the law, a look at how we’ve broken our relationship with Him.

No need to do that here – we realize how odd it seems that a pure, holy, sinless God would tolerate our presence.

Much less make His home with us….

But that is why He has come……

To make His home with us….

14  So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.   John 1:14 (NLT)

That we would realize we have another home, one far different that this home….

For our home is with the Father in heaven…

And may we walk all the way home, at the side of Christ…

 

 

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