Date: Wednesday, October 8
Scripture: John 1:1-14
Verse: The Word became flesh and made his home among us. We have seen his glory, glory like that of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
Christian theologian and philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote a parable called “The King and the Maiden,” to help us better understand the incarnation. (you can read the whole thing here). In it he tells the story of a king who falls in love with a maiden. He knew that if he were to go to her, he would never know if she actually loved him or all he could give her — the clothes, the jewels, the power, etc. In order to find out if she actually loves him, the king goes to her house dressed as a beggar, having renounced his throne to win her love.
The poem that opens the Gospel According to John is also about the incarnation, one of the great mysteries of our faith. The incarnation teaches us that God came to dwell with us in the person of Jesus. This means that unlike most other faiths, we do not talk about finding our way to God. Rather we recognize that God has come to be with us. Jesus does not simply tell us about the Father, he is the Father coming to us. He does not just teach us the truth, he is the truth, the very glory of God among us. He is God having renounced his throne to show us his love.
We are blessed to live in the presence of God. We know God has come to live among us, and from time to time we get to experience his fullness and truth. May our eyes be opened to see Jesus in the lives of people around us, and working in our daily living.
Prayer: Teach me again, O God, of your great love for me and all of your creation. Amen.
Action: Reflect on the ways God is present in your life, in your circumstances, in the people around you.
Respond: As you read “The King and the Maiden,” what images came to mind? Do you find this way of thinking about the incarnation helpful?
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