Mandy Baker Johnson

Living without Shadows

One Of Us

‘The Word became flesh and lived among us’ – what does that actually mean?

Jesus became human and moved onto the estate.

Jesus was once the single cell of a fertilised egg – fully God and fully human.

As an embryo, Jesus didn’t just take up space in Mary’s womb, He was her Son.

Jesus was a real baby, born into the human race, with grandparents and a family tree. Just like me.

But Jesus is 100% God. Not like me.

Imagine God breathing air with lungs He had created….

One of His most precious names is Emmanuel – God with us. This is what we celebrate at Christmas, it’s all about Jesus and the wonder of God becoming man and walking among us. Jesus had friends and people who didn’t like Him; He was a son, a big brother, a cousin, an uncle.

Christmas can be so stressful – squeezing in time to write cards, buy and wrap presents, going out for Christmas dinners and drinks with work colleagues, friends and family, trying to keep an eye on the budget and seeing how far you can stretch your finances – by the time you get to the day itself you can end up feeling a bit frazzled. For many people, it’s fun to spend time with family. For others, there are family tensions to contend with, or loneliness, or worse.

Jesus knew all about family life. He was part of Mary and Joseph’s family. He had siblings. And it wasn’t all plain sailing. His family disbelieved and rejected Him, they thought He had mental issues, and they tried to manipulate and control Him.

But Jesus knew who He was. He was more than Mary’s son. He was more than the brother of James, Joses, Judas and Simon.

Jesus was the Son of God. And He had a purpose in life. He was headed for the cross so that He could defeat death and set us free from the fear of death. Jesus knew who He was and so He was able to be Himself and do what He was meant to do.

He offers that same assurance to us if we trust Him. For me, knowing who I am in Christ has literally changed my life. I am secure in knowing that I am loved and accepted. I love that Jesus was born into a human family so that I could be adopted into His Family. Amazing! There is confidence, peace and joy in knowing who you are.

When life kicks off, as it does from time-to-time, and I have a wobble, feeling rejected and worthless, I now repeat these five truths aloud to myself:

I believe that God is who He says He is.
I believe that God can do what He says He can do.
I believe that I am who God says I am.
I believe that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
I believe that God’s Word is alive and active in me.

Let’s celebrate JESUS this Christmas – He is so much more exciting than Santa and reindeer and tinsel and turkey and smellies. He is Son of God and Son of Man, willing to be our Emmanuel.

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10 Comments

  1. I like your five truths idea. I also like that song a lot but there’s a musician at church who won’t let me play it when I’m leading worship because it’s in the minor key and he says it’s depressing! (What I have to deal with!!)

    • Mandy

      20/12/2014 at 1:47 pm

      The five truths actually came from a book by Beth Moore ‘Believing God’ and I decided to try it for myself – it’s astonishing how much it helps to speak truth aloud over yourself. And this is one of my favourite songs at the moment – so not depressing! x

  2. Amen to that! It’s SO easy to get swept up in the preparations for Christmas and miss the point entirely. God became man… amazing indeed. Thanks, Mandy. x

  3. Love the five truths! I’m not sure if I’ve ever meditated on the thought of him as an embryo. Mind boggling! Blessings to you this Christmas! Linked up with you at Renewed Daily…

  4. Mandy. Man! What truths. He came and knew who He was…not distracted, focused and true. Emanuel! Yes! God with us. The miracle of Christmas is the Holy touching the unholy. Holiness not in our doing, but in His doing in us. The power of the yielded heart is in you….Blessings ~ Chris~

    • Mandy

      20/12/2014 at 8:02 pm

      Isn’t He wonderful? Sounds like you have an amazing story of your own Chris. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  5. Thanks, Mandy – I think the Five Truths idea looks helpful. Have you come across the Freedom in Christ course? – that uses similar principles of focusing on the truth rather than on our feelings.

    • Mandy

      22/12/2014 at 11:30 am

      Yes Fiona, I’ve heard it’s an excellent course. My church does a similar one called Lifeshapers which is also very helpful.

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