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Love with Skin on

So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:14 (NLT)

Battle Drill Daily Devotional

If you want to know what love is, then look at Jesus. Jesus is Love with skin on.

We are so used to reading and hearing, “So the Word became human and made his home among us” that sometimes it barely registers with us. But this is one of the most significant and memorable phrases ever penned in the history of human writing. It represents the heart and climax of God’s love for us.

God is now one with humanity in the flesh of Jesus Christ. The enormity of this goes beyond our language. But what we do know is that it offers us the best evidence of God’s love for us.

God, through Jesus Christ, identifies with us in our human life, especially in our weakness and suffering. Whatever we are going through, Jesus Christ has gone through it before us and with us. Life is difficult sometimes. Jesus says, “Come to me and rest” (Matthew 11:28-30).

God’s love for us through Jesus Christ is a great affirmation of the value of human existence. If God values human life enough to become human, then for all our sin and fallenness, we dare not undervalue ourselves or fail to see great value in those around us. Human life contains the Word. Our humanity is forever home for the One who is for ever.

Only by becoming a human being could God ever truly save us from our sin and fallenness. In becoming human, Jesus opened the way to become our Mediator and Redeemer, and to repair our relationship with God.

Our response to God’s love expressed with skin on? Surely, it is to fall to our knees in worship, joining with the song writer as we sing:

Word incarnate, truth revealing,
Son of Man on earth!
Power and majesty concealing
By your humble birth:

Yours the glory and the crown,
The high renown, the eternal name.

Michael Saward (1932-2015)
© The representatives of the late Michael Saward / Administered by The Jubilate Group, www.jubilate.co.uk Used by permission.

Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 30158
Copied from The Song Book of The Salvation Army
Song Number 248

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  • How would you describe your relationship with the God who loves you right now?

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