The Word Became 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. John 1:14 (NIV)

While sipping tea with some Jordanians, they shared a story with me I will never forget. Their deceased King (King Husan) had been to them a father. He was given the name Father King because his heart was so tender for all his people. One day, this Father King asked his High Priest to go and check on the status of the orphans throughout all of Jordan. So, this High Priest went as commanded and came back with a good report on the status of their living conditions. Father King had some reason to doubt this 'flowery' report and decided to go check on the situation himself. He decided to go disguised, inconspicuous and negated the entourage of guards who offered to accompany him.

Off he went.

What he saw horrified him. He was so furious that upon his return he fired the servant and proceeded to move out of his own palace. With haste, he arranged for his palace to become home for the orphans of Jordan. Today, this palace still stands as a home for the orphans and the Jordanians tell me (with a chuckle in their voices) that the orphans live a better life than most Jordanians.

Now tell me, who does this sound like? "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." I know Someone who inconspicuously and personally traded his heaven for our earth, Himself. He walked among us disguised in humanity, without any entourage of guards. He took special note of our conditions, felt our pain and was horrified at our helplessness and orphaned plight. Immediately He took action. He interceded to His Father in heaven for us and positioned Himself as our personal advocate. With His sacrifice, He has freely given us His palace; thus, we will live better than we have ever lived, could ever imagine living or even dreamed of living. We have seen His glory — because of Jesus, we will live in it.

Let's gather the hands of all those who cross our paths, take note of their lost-ness, become their advocate, intercede for their condition and show them the way home to our Palace in the glory of our Lord!

Our Father, we thank you for the greatest gift we could ever have and that is one of our freedom and salvation through your Son, Jesus. He walked on this earth, as a man and was able to feel all our pain and hopelessness. Thank you so much for taking note of our lost-ness and preparing a way in which we could be adopted and live eternally in our palace, called heaven. We cannot praise you enough for your gift, but enable us to live to be a gift to others and take note of the lost-ness of our surrounding world, and invite them to share in the wealth of Your Kingdom. We ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to soften our hearts and make us sensitive to the lost-ness of the orphans that walk in and out of our daily lives. In Jesus' name we pray, thank you Jesus, thank you. Amen.