In The Flesh!

I wonder if you've ever had a hero? Someone you put up on a pedestal? Perhaps it was someone famous? Maybe a singer or a band, maybe an actor, maybe a sportsperson, maybe royalty or even a politician (yes, it could happen!)?

Over time we might have seen them from a distance, on tv, on stage, in parliament, or on the sporting arena. We get some idea of what they are like as a person. But questions still linger as to whether their stage or tv persona is the real deal. Is that what they are really like in the nitty gritty of day to day life? It's only when we meet them face to face, in the flesh, and rub shoulders with them in daily life that we get the truest sense of our hero's identity. Sometimes they don't measure up in real life, but what a joy to discover, when our hero, in the flesh, is every bit, and even more, than the lofty character we imagined them to be!

Most people on the face of the earth believe in a "god" of some kind, whatever they perceive "him or her" to be.

Christians, however, believe in the God who has revealed Himself through creation and the bible. Even more than that, they believe that God has authenticated Himself as the "real deal" in the person of Jesus Christ in daily life, in the flesh!

John 1:1-5,14,18 (NIV) says:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known."

What a joy to know that the God revealed in creation and the Bible, in the flesh, is in every way the "real deal"!

Yours in Christ,

Peter Rogers

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