Day 25 | He Came to Be With His People
Reading: John 1:1-18, Revelation 21:1-8
Have you ever wondered what life after Jesus’ resurrection was like for someone like the Apostle John? He witnessed miracles that were unheard of: the lame could walk, the blind could see, the deaf could hear and the dead could breathe. Then one day, Jesus just leaves. As devastating as this would be, the apostle never seems to dwell much on Jesus leaving, but rather, he looks forward to Jesus' return. In both passages, he writes a similar phrase; “and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,” (John 1:14a) and “behold, the dwelling place of God is with man” (Rev. 21:3b). John reminds us that Jesus came to be with us!
The birth of Jesus, which we draw nearer to celebrating, is a milestone in history. When Christ took on flesh and became like one of us, He established a Kingdom. Jesus gave His life as a sacrifice for those who love Him and now wants to dwell among us as our king! Our encouragement should be that there will be a day when He will come again and reign in power with justice and righteousness. His leaving was not abandonment, but preparation; Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us alongside Him. He will be with us, always, because Jesus came to be with His people.