This is the value of the Christmas season. If you stop for five minutes and examine why Christmas is a celebration, you realize that Christmas is all about God taking on human flesh. It is all about the incarnation of Christ into a living human being. The date is not important, since no one knows for sure what the date actually was. But the event of Christ’s birth is certain. We know He lived because He died.
So why does that make us special? God did not come into this world as a dog, or an elephant, or a whale. None of those things are nearly as accessible. He did not come as a cat, or a zebra, or a tree. The only vessel that could close go represented who God is is a human being, because we are made in His image. We are the only fitting verse for His presence. Even then, we could not hope to contain His presence, so He limited His essence to fit into a human body. But this is the miracle of the Incarnation.
Since Jesus has come to be like one of us, He offers the invitation to come and be like Him, a child of God. He went and died on a cross for you, so that you would believe in Him and be like Him in His resurrection. What a marvelous and wonderful gift.
Merry Christmas on this second day of Christmas. There’s just too much to celebrate for just one day.