Welcome to the house of God.
What makes this the house of God? Not the building. It’s the people. We are the house of God, – (point up) this is just a roof over our head.
We could meet in a tent, we could meet under a tree.
So Welcome to the house of God! (hands gesturing towards congregation)
If you are visiting today we welcome you here.
John 1:14 And the Word (talking of Jesus Christ) 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.
What an incredible statement. So much packed in here…
The very one who the whole world was created through, took on humanity and dwelt among us.
DWELT or (σκηνόω, skēnoō) (in the Greek) Means to pitch or dwell in a tent, or to tabernacle.
John is …alluding to the OT tabernacle, where the Shekinah glory – God’s presence dwelt… now that same glory dwells in Jesus – is seen in Jesus (source).
Jesus who we see established as fully God in the beginning verses is now declared to be fully human and (σκηνόω, skēnoō) among us.
The Shekinah Glory, God’s presence with us.
Jesus Christ Fully God and fully man in one person and will be so forever.
For all of eternity we will be in his presence in the new heavens and earth, he will dwell with us forever! And we will forever marvel at what he has done for us.
That is something to celebrate.