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“It changed my life!” Or, “This book, it was a game-changer for me!” We throw those phrases around a
lot. But when
Jesus comes, things don't remain the same. Think about that. Let's take a closer look at how Jesus
is the ultimate
From The Turning Point
This is the verse that changes everything. Let's take a look:
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory,
glory as of the only
begotten Son from the Father.
This is my favorite verse in all of Scripture: “The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us.”
Literally what that
means in the Greek is the Word of God (remember we started with that—the Word was God, and the Word
was with God)
became flesh and pitched a tent among us. That's what it literally says. So, when you think about
pitching a tent (it's
not like camping for you and me), think back to the Old Testament when the Jews are making their
way out of Egypt
toward the Promised Land, and they have the presence of God with them in the tabernacle, right? The
tabernacle was a
tent that carried within it the presence of God. In other words, that's what Jesus is now. Notice
that John 1:1, “In
the beginning . . . ” (think back Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning . . .”), so John kinda starts it
that way. And then,
with the tabernacle, Jesus is that tabernacle. He pitches a tent, and he brings the presence of God
to us. That's
really pretty cool. That's John's unique Greek perspective.
Now, the Greek word there for “the Word of God” is the logos. Logos means “word” or even
means “way of thinking” or
“philosophy” sometimes. And so what that means is that the Word of God is kind of the order and the
in the universe that God made. And that's what gives you and me as humans the human mind, the
ability to reason, and to
think, and to have intelligence, and that's what links us to the mind of God. That's what separates
us from everything
else in all of creation.
So the point of the whole prologue, John 1:1–18, is this really, really, really big picture: the
world is about to
encounter God as he comes to us in a form that we can understand with our human minds as the logos,
and he pitches a
tent among us—humble, approachable, mobile, not in some big palace, not in some big Escalade in a
parade on Fifth
Avenue, but he comes in a tent (pitches a tent among us)—and he brings the presence of God in a way
that you and I can
understand. John is introducing us to the Word of God made flesh.
I had been at a job that I loved for a couple of years when I felt God calling me to do more with my
faith. I wasn't
really sure what that looked like and, quite honestly, I concluded that it would require me to do
different than I was doing and abandon my past experience.
Now, I don't do well with change. I find comfort in the familiar, and pursuing a new, unknown career
was something that
I wasn't overly excited to do. But, I put my trust in God, and I began to explore some options.
During one interview, I was gifted a copy of the book Rediscover Jesus. I remember reading it on the
flight home and
discovering Dynamic Catholic. I thought, This is the place that I can use my background in
conjunction with my faith.
At Dynamic Catholic we often say, “the right book at the right time.” Well, this was absolutely the
right book at the
right time for me.
Change is scary, but God remains constant through it all.
I've heard it said, “Let go, and let God.” Growing up, my mom would always tell me, “Let God, let
go.” I like saying it
this way because it reminds me that God has a handle on everything before we even have a chance to
think about letting go.
How do you handle change?
Allen Hunt is a nationally known speaker, bestselling Catholic author, and
Dynamic Catholic’s Passion & Purpose for Marriage and Find Your Greatness events. He converted to Catholicism
serving as a mega-church pastor and has spent the last thirty years helping people and couples of all
ages encounter Jesus
and deepen their faith lives.
John Griffin is our Welcome coordinator and marketing lead for our Book Program and the launch of
latest book, The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity. Originally from Dayton, Ohio, John
enjoys acting, ballroom
dancing, and playing the ukulele. When he’s not working on earning a certificate in theology from
University, you can find him performing improv comedy.
When Jesus enters your world, he changes everything.
Write down one thing in your life you would like God to help you change.
Jesus, please transform my life this Advent.
Today’s video features excerpts from Session Two of The Turning Point: Eight
Encounters with Jesus That Will Change
Your Life (now available).
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