He Is

John 1:14 The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

When was the last time you spent the night in a tent? It was last night. According to 2 Corinthians 5, we are currently living in the tents of our bodies, eagerly waiting resurrection day when we’ll receive permanent structures (our glorified bodies). Furthermore, we’re told in John 1:14 that when Jesus took on flesh in Bethlehem, He pitched His tent among us. The Greek term for “took up residence” has reference to tenting.

John 1:14 is arguably the Bible’s greatest verse about the incarnation. The Word (God the Son) became flesh (human) and took up residence (pitched His tent) among us. We observed His glory and saw that He was the one and only God the Son, full of grace and truth.

The prologue of John (John 1:1–18) is one of the greatest introductions in the world of literature. The theme is Jesus, and the progression of thought is remarkable. In memorizing John 1:14, take time to study the entire passage, using this outline as a guide.

  1. Jesus is the God who made us (1:1–3). He is God, existing from the beginning and through whom all things were made.
  2. He is the life who sustains us (v. 4a). In Him was life!
  3. He is the light who illumines us (vv. 4b–5). His life is our light. It shines in the darkness, and the darkness can’t overcome it.
  4. He is the message who excites us (vv. 6–9). John the Baptist testified about Him, and so can we.
  5. He is the Savior who redeems us (vv. 10–13). All who receive Him and who believe in His name are given the right to become children of God.
  6. He is the friend who dwells among us (v. 14). He pitched His tent here and tabernacles among us.
  7. He is the Lord who surpasses us (v. 15). John the Baptist said of Him, “The One coming after me has surpassed me, because He existed before me.”
  8. He is the Son who blesses us (vv. 16–18). No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son has revealed Him, and from the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another (v. 16 NIV).

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