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Becoming Flesh

“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.” (Jn 1:14)

This verse is arguably the most profound and exciting statement in the Bible. We know Jesus came to seek and save the lost, but the good news goes much farther than that. Salvation is not merely the removal of our sins, it is access to life as a new creation. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us to offer a radical transformation of what it means to be human.

Christmas is not only about Jesus; it’s about you and me!

True Humanity:

When John wrote that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, he used an ancient image the Jews were familiar with. The word he used that is translated “dwelt” literally means “to pitch one’s tent”. It was a reference to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle, a special tent that was the precursor to the temple of Solomon (Exod. 40:34-38). The difference is that the Word, “Jesus” didn’t just dwell among humanity, He became human. He actually put on flesh and became like us… in our frailty and our vulnerability.

As the perfect human, Jesus comes to define everything it means to be human. Whatever Jesus is, that is what He has made humanity to be in Him. To be fully human is to know God (Jn. 17:3)! To be fully human is to live in the knowledge that He loves us, wants us, and will never let us go. Jesus heals and restores our full humanity, becoming for us the Glorious Revelation of how God feels about humanity.

“For God so loved…” (Jn. 3:16).

Jesus shows us what life is all about. It’s about walking in communion with God, being in relationship with the One who created us, loves us, dwells among us, and adopts us as His own precious children. In becoming flesh, Jesus showed us the Father’s love and compassion toward us. He “pitched His tent” among us, because He wants to be with us… to identify with us. God didn’t turn His back on sinners, He came to live among them, to love them and to heal them.

Restoration

“I will restore or replace for you” says the Lord, “the years that the locust has eaten… the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25-27)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Although the past is irreversible and overwhelming at times… God is the restorer of broken dreams and shattered lives! He has declared a New Day available for all of humanity! God has laid a foundation of hope in Christ – He is saying we can be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)… and our old ways can be in the past! There is a new beginning waiting for us, filled with new chances, new opportunities and new expectations (Isa. 43:18-21). God will wipe away our rotten past and restore that which was lost, stolen or destroyed by sin, brokenness or the devil.

Restoration begins by Believing!

As the Savior of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ has done all to rescue us from the things that diminish or destroy us. If we can but believe – hope opens the door! There is a restoration coming into our spirits, minds, bodies, relationships, and other aspects of our humanity. Believers can be delivered from oppression (Acts 10:38) and rest in the safety that effects spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being (Mt. 11:28-30).

Come, you weary, broken and lost and find a place of safety in His loving care for you.

Hope is a Destination!

Run into the arms of your Father in the Spirit! There you will have plenty and be complete, satisfied and whole. He wants you to know the truth and the freedom of walking in His Presence! It is His joy to reveal His heart toward you! He is a Father… like no other. He will not allow His people to be orphans or feel ashamed anymore. This is a profound truth that no one else can claim.

Let Him speak into your heart today… “I the Lord am your God and there is no one else!”

Truly Human

“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.” (Jn 1:14)

This verse is arguably the most profound and exciting statement in the Bible. We know Jesus came to seek and save the lost, but the good news goes much farther than that. Salvation is not merely the removal of our sins, it is access to life as a new creation. Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us to offer a radical transformation of what it means to be human.

The Christian holiday of Christmas is not only about Jesus; it’s about you and me!

True Humanity:

When John wrote that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us, he used an ancient image the Jews were familiar with. The word he used that is translated “dwelt” literally means “to pitch one’s tent”. It was a reference to God’s dwelling among the Israelites in the tabernacle, a special tent that was the precursor to the temple of Solomon (Exod. 40:34-38). The difference is that the Word, “Jesus” didn’t just dwell among humanity, He became human. He actually put on flesh and became like us… in our frailty and our vulnerability.

As the perfect human, Jesus comes to define everything it means to be human. Whatever Jesus is, that is what He has made humanity to be in Him. To be fully human is to know God (Jn. 17:3)! To be fully human is to live in the knowledge that He loves us, wants us, and will never let us go. Jesus heals and restores our full humanity, becoming for us the Glorious Revelation of how God feels about humanity.

“For God so loved…” (Jn. 3:16).

Jesus shows us what life is all about. It’s about walking in communion with God, being in relationship with the One who created us, loves us, dwells among us, and adopts us as His own precious children. In becoming flesh, Jesus showed us the Father’s love and compassion toward us. He “pitched His tent” among us, because He wants to be with us… to identify with us. God didn’t turn His back on sinners, He came to live among them, to love them and to heal them.

Restoring A Safe Place

“I will restore or replace for you” says the Lord, “the years that the locust has eaten… the hopping locust, the stripping locust, and the crawling locust, My great army which I sent among you. And you shall eat in plenty and be satisfied and praise the name of the Lord, your God, Who has dealt wondrously with you. And My people shall never be put to shame. And you shall know, understand, and realize that I am in the midst of Israel and that I the Lord am your God and there is none else. My people shall never be put to shame.” (Joel 2:25-27)

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Although the past is irreversible and overwhelming at times… God is the restorer of broken dreams and shattered lives! He has declared a New Day available for all of humanity! God has laid a foundation of hope in Christ – He is saying we can be a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)… and our old ways can be in the past! There is a new beginning waiting for us, filled with new chances, new opportunities and new expectations (Isa. 43:18-21). God will wipe away our rotten past and restore that which was lost, stolen or destroyed by sin, brokenness or the devil.

Restoration begins by Believing!

As the Savior of mankind, the Lord Jesus Christ has done all to rescue us from the things that diminish or destroy us. If we can but believe – hope opens the door! There is a restoration coming into our spirits, minds, bodies, relationships, and other aspects of our humanity. Believers can be delivered from oppression (Acts 10:38) and rest in the safety that effects spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being (Mt. 11:28-30).

Come, you weary, broken and lost and find a place of safety in His loving care for you.

Hope is a Destination!

Run into the arms of your Father in the Spirit! There you will have plenty and be complete, satisfied and whole. He wants you to know the truth and the freedom of walking in His Presence! It is His joy to reveal His heart toward you! He is a Father… like no other. He will not allow His people to be orphans or feel ashamed anymore. This is a profound truth that no one else can claim.

Let Him speak this into your heart today… “I the Lord am your God and there is no one else!”

Radical Repentance

Radical Repentance is something that happens far beyond the sinner’s prayer or the altar call. You might feel saved and have a powerful testimony of all that God has done for you. But the key to a radical life is radical change. Kingdom impact requires real transformation – a metamorphosis. Radical repentance will transform you! Don’t miss this Christian principle: real repentance is a change in the way you think.

Changing the Mind:

The Greek word ’metanoia’, means a turning of the mind or changing the way we think. Note: the word metamorphosis is the result of what a metanoia has accomplished. Follow the transformation of a butterfly and you will see that the caterpillar simply begins to make a cocoon for itself. The real work is done from the inside out. The Apostle Paul said, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17). You are supposed to be able to behold the “new you” immediately after the “old you” has passed away. Notice that it is a result of becoming a New Creature… a re-created being – changed in your thinking! I want to propose to you that Jesus has changed the way you think! Now it is up to us to begin thinking with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). 

Aligning Our Thoughts:

It needs to happen every day! Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me” (Lk. 9:23). It’s a daily event and a daily alignment of our thinking. We must read God’s Word and actively believe what God has said about Himself and about our identity in Christ. We must bear the reproach of the world and ignore the invitation to revisit our old ways of life. Satan is a liar and a thief, with a determination to deceive us into a life without passion and carnal Christianity. Its not real, because it cannot bear any fruit. And we will not find real satisfaction in anything less than thinking like Jesus.

  • Radical Repentance is the process where we identify with the Truth that sets us free!

1st Step – Breakthrough:

We have to break through the hardness that settles into our heart and mind from seasons of dormancy. The Prophet Hosea said, “break up your fallow ground, its time to seek the Lord” (Hos. 10:12). Most farmers know a lot about fallow ground. It’s that hardness on a field from a winter season of inactivity. When soil is allowed to lay dormant, it becomes crusted over… dry, lifeless and unproductive. The plow has to violently break it up and turn it over. 

The goal is to sow seed and release fruitfulness; but, the process starts with a violent over-turning of hard soil. That’s what we need in the soil of our hearts …and it comes by radical repentance.

2nd Step – Break Free:

The Cross of Calvary was a work of mercy available to all mankind, to free the sinner of the penalty of sin. We who are forgiven and redeemed by the Blood of Jesus, have no business trying to continually pay a price that has already been paid in full.

By contrast, the Cross of which Jesus speaks is a tool of restoration, recovery and renewal. Its a tool that allows the Holy Spirit to release love, acceptance and Kingdom influence into our living. We are now Saints of the Most High! And we must think according to the mind of New Creatures. Our freedom comes through how we live now that we are no longer slaves to sin.

 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (Jn. 8:36).

We are free to live the radical Christian life as Kings and Priests unto our God (Rev. 1:6), free to overcome the obstacles of our past and free to embrace the assignments of Kingdom Ambassadors.  

This cross, that Jesus tells us to carry daily, is not cruel; though it destroys arguments and crushes strongholds (2 Cor. 10:3-6). This cross is the Word of God applied under the canopy of the Holy Spirit’s comfort, guidance and revelation. It sets us free! When this cross is carried effectively, it comes plunging into the soil of our heart and mind, like Hosea’s plow comes breaking into the “fallow ground” - our dormant soil. And when it is applied, it cuts, like a two edged sword, sharp and effective in allowing us to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart (Heb. 4:12). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It comes through the ears and into the mind, it transforms the heart with a bold declaration… “This is your new identity!”

  • Radical Repentance leads to Radical Christianity!

Jesus said it like this… “If you abide in My Words you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32)  

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