The point of Christianity has always been to be in the presence of God himself. From the first page of Scripture to the last, God reveals a desire to be present with his people.
Text: John 1:1-5;14 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (…) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The arrival of Jesus is a major shift in the theme of God’s presence with his people. How does John talk about the presence of God? The translation for “made his dwelling among us” (v. 14) includes the idea that Jesus “tabernacled among us.” How does this help you see a development in the “presence of God” theme?
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