“A Baby Moved Into The Neighborhood”

Rodger Woodworth

John 1:14 – “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.”

God became a human and moved into the neighborhood. In a moments time God became a man – divinity arrived – heaven opened and Jesus descended – the creator of the universe became an embryo – God as a fetus – holiness slept in a womb – the creator of life got eyebrows, arms, lungs, and swam in amniotic fluid – the sustainer of the world became dependent upon a young woman.

God became like us, lived like us and with us, affirming the value of our humanity, identifying with our human struggle, living the life we should have lived and dying the death we should have died. God became an innocent baby to die the death of an innocent criminal and to pay for the life of a guilty humanity.

God became flesh, moved into the neighborhood so that man could see God’s glory and in seeing, everything would change. It changes everything because the nature of God’s glory is full of grace and truth – and grace and truth fills us with joy, drives us to adoration and like the Wise Men directs us home a different way.

A baby moved into the neighborhood and changed everything but when he left the neighborhood he left the door open for his return. And although some have let his first coming go unnoticed his second coming will not go unnoticed. It will bring the fullness of God’s glory and all who believed him will fall down and worship Him.


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