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Flesh - Monday Manna

Join me at the Family Channel at Exemplify today, where I'm starting a series on Moms of the Bible with a focus on one of the central characters of the Christmas story - Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist. We have much to learn from her - stop over!

Welcome to Monday Manna. The purpose of this meme is to get together and get to know Christ more through His Word. On the first and third Monday of each month, anyone who wishes can post their thoughts on a verse I introduced at my blog the Thursday before. It doesn't have to be a long post -- just a few thoughts, a picture you feel helps express it, a poem, a short story, a devotional.

Anyone is welcome to participate. Just put a link to your Monday Manna blog entry in the MckLinky gadget below, and check out others' thoughts.

This Monday's verse (the only one for the month of December, by the way - taking the third Monday off for Christmas!) is a wonderful one to ponder for the Christmas season.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Looking forward to hearing your thoughts (post on your own blog and link up on the MckLinky gadget below - or just share in the comments section!). Mine are below.


The Word became flesh. God, the Almighty of the universe, became human. The unbounding glory of our Savior dwelt in skin. He had a heart, kidneys, bowels, a brain, blood vessels, and kneecaps. He was born of a human. He knows how it feels to scrape his knee--to be hungry. He is familiar with pain and joy. He may have spent time in bed with the flu. Perhaps, at some point in his life, he broke a bone, or got a splinter. He truly experienced the struggles, aches and pains of being in the flesh.

And then He went to the cross, conquered death AND the flesh, and rose again. He has conquered death: conquered the flesh. And because he conquered it, we will too. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow. We are "stuck" with our fleshly bodies: some riddled with disease, some incredibly healthy, but ALL disintegrating cell by cell as we get older.

Perhaps He will miraculously stop the bleeding on my husband's brain, or zap away the tumor there. Perhaps He will use a neurosurgeon to stop the bleeding, or some medication developed by a scientist in a lab thousands of miles away.Or maybe He won't.

But no matter what He does, I know that my husband's flesh will be conquered, just as Christ's was. And all because The Word become flesh in the first place.


Be sure to link up below with your own thoughts on John 1:14. Can't wait to read your thoughts, and I'll see you again in the new year!


  1. The flesh fails, but our God is greater than the flesh. Praying, Joanne.

  2. What a wonderful verse! It tells the whole story of God's plan to save us.

    We're praying for you and Marc.

  3. Jo, I love your closing thought:
    "I know that my husband's flesh will be conquered, just as Christ's was. And all because The Word become flesh in the first place." Amen.

    I'm praying for healing and comfort for Marc, and peace and strength and a cloak of warm love for you, and understanding and defeat of fear for the children.

    Mine will be up shortly. Wanted to write my thoughts before reading others. :)

    Love you


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