And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
As we open gifts and celebrate this day the birth of Christ, let us ponder what John is telling us in this verse. When John writes of the Word becoming flesh, we see the Incarnation—the recreation of humanity and God at home in the hearts of this new creation. When John writes that Christ didn’t just come but also “dwelt among us,” he uses a word in Greek that means more than “dwelt.” The word John uses is actually “tabernacled” and recalls Moses’ tabernacle from the time when God gave to the Israelites escaping Egypt a new way to worship.
When we look at Jesus, we see the prototype for a new humanity that is also the new tabernacle or temple of God, and when we look at Him we remember that to look at Him is to look in the mirror and see how God has now made us. Now, because of the new birth, we are a new humanity. Now are we a new creation. Now are we a new tabernacle—just as He is. Now do we worship in spirit and truth, for God alone has fused Spirit and flesh in our hearts. Now do we have a more full, more complete knowledge of our Father, for in the eyes, face, voice, hands and actions of the Son do we see all that God is, was and will be.
Now do we wonder, now do we come to Him in awe, now do we kneel before Him in worship, to ponder the wonder at our King. Now has He become to us “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). He came to us, He dwelt personally amongst us. And with every new birth, He makes His home more and more with us, and He tabernacles more and more amongst us.
In closing, as you let Him move your heart to adore His Son at His Advent, as you realize that God sent His Son to enact your rescue because He adored you, even in your darkest darkness, join the shepherds in their wondering, join Mary in her pondering. Consider these words from Luke, as you kneel with the Magi to open your heart to Him: “When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart” (Luke 2:17-19).