“The Word (Jesus) became flesh and made His dwelling among us.” Jn.1:14
The word “dwelling” is one of the things that makes this verse interesting. The root of this word means God purposely “pitched a tent” among us. God deliberately “spent time with us.” God desired to come and “fellowship” with us. For about 33 years, God came to His creation in order to point the way home.
Jesus taught that He, God, came to earth with the purpose of identifying with us, living what the most disadvantaged among us live, to know what it’s like to struggle with the very struggles that you encounter day in and day out. I especially find this verse interesting because as a counsellor, that is what we attempt to do with our clients. We try to get into the lives of our clients. We try to understand what it’s like to live their lives. It’s a necessary thing to do. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the empathetic thing to do. In coming to earth, in experiencing life as we experience life, in giving His life for ours, Jesus did the most loving thing that has ever been done.
If you want to know what God is like, look at the life of Jesus. And if you want a better understanding of the Old Testament, interpret it through your understanding of the person of Jesus who is the God of the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:2,3 - “But in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being sustaining all things by His powerful word.” Jesus said, "If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father."