God Has Camped in Our Backyard


“No one has ever seen God; the only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.” John 1:18

In preaching on this verse, John Piper made these comments that have continually blessed me ever since I read them:

God came to live in a tent so we can watch him more closely. God wants to be seen and known in his Son.

The same point is made in verse 18. “No one has ever seen God; the only Son…who is in the bosom [in the lap or the embrace] of the Father, he has made him known.” Here the point is that even though God is a Spirit and is therefore invisible (John 4:24), he has now revealed himself in an utterly unique way—by the incarnation of himself in his Son Jesus. In Jesus we see God.

You don’t have to wonder today if there is a baby in the womb of a woman eight weeks pregnant. And you don’t have to wonder what it’s like. We have pictures and videos and models and detailed physiological descriptions.

And so it is with God. You don’t need to be in the dark about God. He has gone beyond parchment and paper. He has gone beyond tapes and cassettes. He has gone beyond videos and even beyond live drama. He has actually come and pitched his tent in our backyard and beckoned us to watch him and get to know him in the person of his Son Jesus. When you watch Jesus in action, you watch God in action. When you hear Jesus teach, you hear God teach. When you come to know what Jesus is like, you know what God is like. (Taken from a marvelous sermon titled, The Word Became Flesh)

Amen. Amen. Amen.

About Dana Dill

I'm a Christian, husband, daddy, pastor, professor, and hope to be a friend to pilgrims on their way home.
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