I dwell in the high and holy place and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit …
— Isaiah 57:15
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us ” (John 1:14). The Greek word used here means He “tabernacled” among us, even as the tabernacle was among the Jews. God dwelt in the visible presence of the Shekinah Glory between the cherubim over the Mercy Seat. In Jesus Christ, God has come and we beheld His glory—the glory as of the only begotten of the Father.
John says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). And that Word, which was God, became flesh. “All things were created through Him, and without Him nothing was created that was created” (John 1:3). He was the Great Creator.
Jesus Christ, the Eternal Word of God, stepped out one morning onto the balcony of eternity and dipped His fingers in a chalice of light and sprinkled the vast blackness of space with scintillating, coruscating stars. He swirled with His finger and set into motion the spinning, swirling nebulae that now glow so gloriously in the night sky.
J. B. Phillips once described earth in a special way—not as “the green planet” or “the blue planet,” but as “the visited planet”—that planet which had received special visitation from the Almighty. He, the Almighty, is pleased to dwell with the lowly.