“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 KJV)
I am an author. I love words. So much can be expressed through words. But all of the words of every author who ever was or ever will be cannot compare to the Word made flesh. Jesus is the Word. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1-3) Then in Genesis 1:1-3 we read, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Jesus was that Word. Jesus is 'the light of the world.’ John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
God created everything with His Word: the ocean I love so much, the flowers, birds, animals, the sky, trees, beauty of every kind, and He made us in His own image. (Genesis 3) He breathed His breath into us. He breathed Himself into the womb of Mary; His Spirit once more moving upon the waters, and the Word became flesh splitting the darkness from the light, and dwelling among us—so that He could make a way to dwell in us. Jeremiah 31:33 “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Jesus; the Word made flesh, laid down His flesh and died on the Cross so that now the Word is made flesh in us. “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:27) Hear John 1:14 again: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”
Every time someone truly repents and accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior the Word is made flesh. God puts Christ in you through His Holy Spirit and you are no longer your own. Jesus is written on your heart. And the world, and all its cares, sin and all its residue no longer controls you, because the Word, who is faithful and true, has been engrafted on your heart. Revelation 21:5-7 says this: “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”
The first Christmas the Word became flesh.
At the Cross Jesus made a way for flesh to become the Word; so intimately entangled in Him that His life becomes ours. “I have been crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
This Christmas let the Word become flesh in you…..
Word Made Flesh
Word Made Flesh
God Draped In Man
Author Of Heaven
The Great I Am
Ink Of Crimson
Came From Above
Penned In Blood
Ransom Of Heaven
Written For Us
Flesh Made Word
Christ In Us
Word Made Flesh
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
December 25, 2020
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“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” (Romans 13:14 NKJV)
“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.” (Galatians 3:27 NKJV)
“And put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” (Ephesians 4:24 KJV)
“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, manifold mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.” (Colossians 3:12-14 KJV)
“Put on,” used in these verses means ‘to be clothed in.’ Our clothing is a covering for our physical bodies. It is protection from the elements, a covering for our vulnerability, provision for our warmth and comfort. In the Garden of Eden when Adam and Eve had eaten of the forbidden fruit, they made coverings for themselves from fig leaves to hide the shame of their nakedness from God. (Genesis 3:7,10) And we have been doing it ever since; clothing ourselves in everything other than what we were truly meant to wear.
With the thread of sin I wove my clothes
Thinking I was covered; concealed
I stitched a shirt of brokenness
My true heart never revealed
I fashioned pants to cloak my shame
Fine linen, no fig leaves for me
I created shoes to disguise my walk
Covering what was crippled underneath
I donned a bonnet of righteousness
Made from my many good deeds
I wore a necklace of pride so bright
It blinded me to my deepest need
I made gloves to cloak my hands
Too fair to embrace the sun
I crafted a coat of heaviness
To cover what had grown numb
My face left uncovered, yet still veiled
The smile, my eyes, my pleasant voice
Clothes of falsehood, a well-fitted mask
My wardrobe, each piece, my choice
While wearing my self-made attire
A man appeared and held my gaze
He looked nothing at all like me
Wearing only a seamless robe of grace
As He passed, He spoke softly
“I can see beyond the external show.
If you are tired of all your pretense,
Follow me if you admire my clothes."
I stood there for a moment startled
Undone, unsettled, feeling lost
Then I began to follow Him
Not knowing what it would cost
The path ahead began to narrow
No room but for only us two
The underbrush began to tear and rip
At the seams of old becoming new
We reached the end of the path
A glorious warm light began to glow
All I stood in, the clothes I’d made
Revealing all I did not know
A voice began to fill the air,
“Those clothes of yours would never do.
They were ill-fitting, unremarkable,
They speak nothing of what is true.”
“Lay down the garments of all that was
Let go of the clothes you’ve worn.
I’ve made all the clothes you’ll ever need
Take My covering and be reborn.”
“You were not made to wear deceit
Not made to be covered in death
Not made to form the clothes you wear
Come and behold the scarlet thread.”
“You were made to wear a robe of grace
Made for clothes that set you free
You were made to be clothed in beauty
Covered over in nothing but Me.”
“Clothed in my loving sacrifice
Clothed in my mercy and love
Clothed in all of my glory
Covered and seated above.”
“Now put on this robe I’ve given
Now put on the vesture of peace
Now you are covered in all I am
Now you are clothed in Me…”
So what are you wearing? Are you cloaked in grief, unable to see the closet full of lighter clothes? Are you covered in a false identity, wearing only what others have told you to put on? Are you mantled in pleasing people, validating your worth? Are you draped in shame unable to put on grace? Are you embroidered with guilt rather than enveloped in mercy?
Jesus wore a crown of thorns that pierced His brow so you could wear the mind of Christ. He wore bruises so you could wear peace. He wore stripes so you could wear healing. He wore His own blood like a garment so you could wear forgiveness like a flood. He wore a veil of sin and darkness so He could remove the veil from your eyes and give you light. He wore nails in His hands and feet so you could wear the precious jewels of His great love. Jesus wore a Cross so you could wear HIs amazing grace. He wore death so you could wear life. He rose in garments of glory so you could be made new. He is now draped in the Father ever making intercession for you.
"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ..." Clothe yourself in Him and Him alone.
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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"Even now," declares the Lord, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity." (Joel 2:12-13 NIV)
"But they, our ancestors, became arrogant and stiff-necked, and they did not obey your commands. They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and therefore you did not desert them." (Nehemiah 9:16-17 NIV)
If I get down on my knees
If I lay prostrate on the floor
If I surrender everything
Will you show Your mercy Lord?
If I repent and return to You
If I repent for all we've done
If I weep till no tears will fall
Will You forgive us Most Holy One?
If I seek nothing but Your face
If I seek nothing but Your will
If I seek nothing but to know You
Will Your grace cover us still?
If we come together
If we cry out for our many sins
If we sincerely confess our wrong
Will You turn our hearts again?
We've neglected Your great salvation
We've settled for lesser things
We've mocked the God who made us
Oh the consequence it brings!
Have mercy Holy Father
Have mercy precious Christ
You died to save us from our sins
You live to bring us life
Wake us up before it's too late
Wake us up to all You've done
Wake us up to behold Your glory
In the face of Jesus Christ Your Son...
I don't know about you, but this year with all of the many things that have occurred, and are still occurring, has made me heavy of heart and spirit at times. There's an unrest, and a knowing that things are changing rapidly and I don't believe they are for the better. Yet, despite that, I also have this peace, assurance and hope growing inside me, if that makes sense? Because I know that His plan is perfect, Christ has come and redeemed us, the enemy of our souls has already been defeated, and God will be glorified in the earth, and in the heavens, and in every place...and nothing and no one can stop that. Alleluiah!
So perhaps like me, you need to be reminded that "His mercy endures forever" (Psalm 136). "He is for us and not against us," (Romans 8:31). "He loves us with an everlasting love," (Jeremiah 31:3). "He is the answer to our every need," (Philippians 4:19). And He is so willing to rescue, to save, to draw us close and "cover us under the shadow of His wings" (Psalm 91). We need to remember who He is, to learn who He is, to know who He is, and to allow Him to do the work in our hearts that needs to be done.
My first prayer now is "Change me." What I need is more and more of Him and less and less of me. What we need is more and more of Him and less and less of us. What the world needs is more and more of Him, and less and less of ourselves. In every situation, in every circumstance, in every place, in every relationship, in every decision, in everything the answer is more and more of Him...
Written by Anne Marie Hawke
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