8th March 2020

Our Tabernacle

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
John 1:14 (ESV)

As the Israelites made their way through the desert, the centre of their lives was the tabernacle. This large tent, put together using strict guidelines, held the holy of holies—the centre of God’s presence on earth. Here the power and holiness was evident to all with a presence so strong only the High Priest was allowed to enter. The tabernacle would have been in the corner of every Israelite eye all the time. It was a constant reminder that God himself was present with his beloved children. For centuries, the tabernacle was among the people until it was superseded by the temple. The temple became the holy place until Jesus came. The phrase John uses (above) is translated literally as: “the word became flesh and tabernacled among us.”

Now the presence of God tabernacled among us—no longer in a building, but in the person of Jesus. He moved into our neighbourhood. The curtain is torn, and the holiness of God is among us rather than far away within the sanctum of a temple. This means for us that we don’t have to go anywhere to meet God; he has come out to meet us.

The crux of the change here is from religion to relationship. Jesus took that first step and now is quite literally Emmanuel—God with us. As God’s people, we are at home and in exile at the same time. We wander like those in the desert, knowing that our true home is in Heaven. And yet God is tabernacling among us. God has made his home with us.

For the moment, our nation and our home is first of all here with God’s people. More than structures or churches or theological constructs, Jesus is ‘tabernacled’ with us. He left his home to make his home with us and in us. This is the gift of Incarnation—God became one of us—the creator becoming part of his creation—God dwelling in us today and for eternity.

Gracious Father, thank you for your Son, and his presence with us, as he promised—that we would never be left alone in our Christian walk. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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