John 1:1-5 & 14 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it....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."
Reflection. Just one comment to dwell on today - if you will excuse the pun on the text. "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." The phrase translated as "made his dwelling," is literally "tabernacled" with us. The tabernacle was the movable 'tent' that the Israelites carried with them. It was the place where God dwelt among them. How many of us now think the first hearers of John 1, Greek speaking Jewish people, would not have made the linguistic link? Of course they would have! They would have been astonished at the outrageous claims being made for the Word, for Jesus. Are we astonished? It is astonishing stuff.
John 1:14 is emmanuel personified.
Prayer. Thank you, Lord Jesus, that you came, that you dwelt among us, that you are God incarnate. Amen.