Advent Devotional: Epiphany of the Lord

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He Came Down to Earth from Heaven

January 6, 2020

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made…. But to all who did receive him…he gave the right to become children of God…. —John 1:1-3, 12 (see John 1:1-14)

In Old Testament times, the tabernacle was God’s dwelling place on earth. But then the Word became flesh—God the Son became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.

The new tabernacle is not made of goat hair or acacia wood but of flesh and blood, knit together in the Virgin’s womb by the miraculous power of God the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is the true tabernacle. Jesus’ body—the physical body that was born of a woman, died on the cross for our sins, and was raised from the tomb in triumph—is the tabernacle of God. If we want to meet God—if we want to know him and experience him—all we have to do is come to Jesus.

And our eyes at last shall see him,
Through his own redeeming love,
For that child so dear and gentle
Is our Lord in heaven above.

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