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Janet Denison
Center for Informed Faith, Dallas, TX
December 24 2010

Janet wrote this year’s Advent book for our ministry. To help prepare for Jesus’ birth, we are using her essays for this last week before Christmas as our daily devotional.
We have seen his glory

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

I hope it is a cold day and the fire is lit. I hope the coffee is hot and the quiet is peaceful. I hope you are content and overwhelmed with God’s blessing. I hope your Christmas season has been about Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning (John 1:1-2).” And the “Word became flesh” and was laid in the manger. He came to dwell with us so that we could one day dwell with him.

Spend some time in that Bethlehem cave. Think about the crowd of shepherds who just had to see the baby. Spend some time thinking about Mary and Joseph – in awe of this perfect baby, who was their King. Then remember Simeon and Anna and their joy at seeing their long-awaited Messiah. Think about the wise men who left their families, homes and all that was familiar to try to find the most important king in the world. And think about their reverent awe when they beheld Jesus. Think about Joseph packing what he could and then fleeing to Egypt with his wife and small child. And finally, think about the other moments you can remember about the life of Jesus.

Now, see the baby Jesus as he is today. John saw him, “dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance (Revelation 1:13-17). When John saw him, he fell at his feet. And the One born that night in Bethlehem, now crowned in heaven said, “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One (Revelation 1:17-18).”

Now you have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. And I pray he is your Savior. Focus on his glory – and you will have a blessed Christmas.

He became what we are that he might make us what he is (St. Athanasius).

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