Jn.1:14 – “And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us;”
I remember one commentary said that this was the greatest verse in the Bible. The word “dwelt” in this verse literally means to pitch a tent. Jesus was the true tent carrying God’s glory, Moses’s tent was only a shadow of that which was to come. One of the Jewish feasts was the Feast of Tabernacles. In it the Jews would construct tents to live in for an eight day celebration. Today, we have become that tent and the Lord has come to live in us. This feast was also called the Feast of Ingathering. As Christ dwells in us in the midst of this world, the multitudes of the world are being called in. We are seeing this feast fulfilled before our eyes. Christ dwells in us and the world will soon turn to Him. Here is how Jonathan Edwards describes this reality:
“This was upon many accounts the greatest feast of the three (Feast of Tabernacles): there were much greater tokens of rejoicing in this feast, than any other: the people then dwelt in booths of green boughs, and were commanded to take boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook, and to rejoice before the Lord their God: which represents the flourishing, beautiful, pleasant state the church shall be in, rejoicing in God’s grace and love, triumphing over all her enemies, at the time typified by this feast. The tabernacle of God was first set up among the children of Israel at the time of the Feast of Tabernacles; but in that glorious time of the Christian church, God will above all other times set up his tabernacle amongst men. Revelation 21:3, “And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, The tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”
This fulfillment will be complete when the angels reap the final harvest and Christ comes to this earth to live with us. Christ is with us and Christ is in us. Our lives carry exactly what the world needs and longs for. Today, we are the tabernacle of God. The Lord is calling His people home through us.