“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.​” - John 1:14

The incarnation. The embodiment of the divine. The almighty God—creator of silent mountains and howling winds, verdant forests and sand-whipped deserts, microscopic mitochondria and imago Dei-bearing human beings—became flesh. The one who spoke galaxies into being embraced infancy, that infants might embrace him, that humans might reach out and find him, know him, and love him. Yahweh, the relational, covenantal God, drew near to us, that we might draw near to him and begin to know the depth of his love for his creation. The God of love—the God who is love—became flesh, that we might experience love embodied, healing, powerful, tangible, real.

During this Advent season, we invite you, through our email devotions, to reflect on the incarnation of Christ—its meaning then and its meaning now. How do we grasp and appreciate the multifaceted, multidimensional fullness of this extraordinary concept? What does the incarnation have to do with us in our daily worship, work, school, home, and play? How should Christians respond to friends and family, strangers and neighbors—literal and figurative—in light of the true light? Are we as Christians, as followers of Christ, embodied beings of love in our interactions with members in our community and beyond? What does the incarnation look like in our lives today—for us and for others? We invite you to let these questions orient your Christmas season.

World Renew and the CRC Office of Social Justice are providing a devotional series for Advent 2017 called Immanuel, Incarnate. The devotions will be delivered to your email every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday of Advent.

Join us as we explore and wrestle with the incarnation of Christ and its ramifications for us this Advent.

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2017 - Immanuel, Incarnate

12/04/2017 - Advent | Upside-Down Promises

12/06/2017 - Advent | Holy and Here

12/08/2017 - Advent | Pay Attention. Fasten Your Seatbelt.

12/11/2017 - Advent | Immanuel to Read Us!

12/13/2017 - Advent | The Word Became Flesh: An Advent Journey Toward True Self

12/15/2017 - Advent | In Relationships, Humility Instead of Helping

12/18/2017 - Advent | Dressed with the Armour of God

12/20/2017 - Advent | Incarnate Gifts

12/22/2017 - Advent | Immanuel—God’s Presence in People in a Time of Need

12/25/2017 - Advent | Living in Darkness, Waking in Light


2016 - The Things that Make for Peace

2015 - Displacement and Belonging 

2014 - Reconciliation Breaking Through 

2013 - Strangers in the Land

2012 - A Light Shines in the Darkness

[Header Image: Flickr user Steve Jurvetson]