John 1:14 Background

Welcome to John 1:14 NIV!

T H E + W O R D + B E C A M E + F L E S H +

A N D + M A D E + H I S + D W E L L I N G +

A M O N G + U S

WHO & WHEN: The author is the apostle John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved” (John 13:23). It is obvious that he was an eyewitness to most of what is recorded in this book. It is believed to have been written no earlier than AD 50, but possibly as late as AD 85.

WHY: John states his purpose for writing this book clearly: “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name” (20:31). Many think John had Greek readers in mind; his primary intention was to evangelize. He would be building up believers, as well as winning new converts.

This book is grouped with three other books (Matthew, Mark & Luke) and together, they are called: “The Gospels”.

I felt this verse was a perfect reminder this month of the reason for the season: Jesus!

It's all about Him!

It is easy to get caught up in what the world wants us to think this month is all about, isn’t it?

Giving gifts & receiving gifts…trying to keep up with everyone else…bigger…more…better…it never ends, does it?

But what we as believers can remind ourselves with this verse is that the ULTIMATE gift freely came down to earth in the most humble of circumstances.

The God of the Universe sacrificed His only Son for our sinful world to make it worthy again.

Jesus didn’t come down to earth in a fancy new chariot or a brand new expensive robe…He lowered Himself to the bottom and came into the world in a barn, probably full of animals. (Side note: Can you imagine Mary’s thoughts through that? I would have pitched a fit!)

We can rejoice through this season knowing that Jesus dwells within our hearts and that is enough, even if the world is shouting otherwise. We can rest this holiday season with that truth as a beacon of light in our lives just like that first Christmas star so long ago.

My prayer this month is that you can “treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart” (Luke 2:19) just like Mary.

Happy Digging!

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