-Roy Lessin, Jesus Name Above All Names
And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. -John 1:14 AMP
The word tabernacle brings to us one of the clearest revelations of the love and care of God for His people. It says to use that God has chosen to come to us in our need, to draw close in intimacy and compassion, and to cover us with His presence.
When God's people go through great hardships and heartaches we often wonder what can be said that will bring true comfort and hope. One thing we can say with strong affirmation is that God is there, in the midst of it all. This is at the heart of Jesus, our Tabernacle. Jesus didn't stay away from us, hiding from our sorrows in heaven. He came to us and tabernacled among us. In the midst of our deepest sorrows, tears, and struggles, God spreads the tent of His presence over us!
How close is God to us when we face our greatest trials and difficulties? The Bible tells us that God collects our tears in His bottle (Psalm 56:8) and that one day He will wipe away all the tears from our eyes (Revelation 7:17). How close is God to you? No one can collect someone's tears from their eyes while standing at a distance. To be a collector of tears means that God is not even an eyelash away.
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