“The Ultimate Word Picture: Jesus’ Incarnation”

Manger Scene

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

(John 1:14)


Have you ever noticed that it’s sometimes easier to show someone what you mean than just to try to use words to explain it?  For instance, when I’ve tried to describe to my son how I want him to mow the lawn, that hasn’t always gone well.  But when I’ve gotten out there in the yard with him and demonstrated how to mow, trim, and edge, then he quickly grasps what I’m trying to teach him.

The Christian life is often like that.  Through the Bible, God has given us extensive details regarding reality, spirituality, and godliness.  But He didn’t want to stop with that.  It was sort of like God one day said, “Ill tell you what.  Let me put it like this ….”  And then Christ was born, and He lived life as a beautiful example of what it was that He meant by everything He said in the Scriptures.

Through the life of Jesus, we can see what God meant by loving, forgiving, serving, worshiping, praying, and so many other aspects of the Christian journey.  God gave us the ultimate “word picture” in the life of Christ in this world.

The life of Jesus was the culmination of the entire message of the Scriptures.  By studying His life, we will “get” what it is that God wants us to know about living a godly life.


Today’s big idea: the life of Christ gives us the greatest picture of what God wants us to know about living life in this world.


What to pray: as you study the life of Jesus, ask God to help you to follow the life that He modeled for you.



Chris Russell

Veritas Church (Cincinnati, OH)

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