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.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We observed his glory, the glory as the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Joh 1:14)
A simple word: “became.” But the process behind it is beyond our comprehension. How did this “Word” pour Himself into flesh? How did the Second Person of the Trinity shed all of his glory and take on a human nature? This has occupied the minds of theologians for centuries and volumes have been written on the subject, so there is very little I could add to the discussion here.
Suffice it to say that how the Word became flesh is one of the great mysteries of the Christian faith. The only way I can understand it is to understand that each of us has a soul, a spirit entity attached to our bodies that we call “me.” It is this soul that inhabits the organic hardware of our flesh and is our bridge between the material world and the spirit world. It is this soul which gives us spiritual awareness, and what leaves this body when the body dies.
I believe that instead of a normal human-sized soul, Christ possessed His eternal nature within His flesh, powered-down so-to-speak to fit within the hardware of his human body. A very limited version of His Second Person Spirit was what we got to see walking around. But it was this combination of flesh and Spirit that gave us Christ.
But instead of shedding His bodily form at death, He instead chose a renewed body at His resurrection, one capable of handling His true nature. Jesus’ resurrected body has become a permanent part of Him, identifying with us for eternity. It is as if Christ bound Himself to His creation permanently by wearing our form forever as our High Priest and Intercessor. And upon this body He bears the wounds of the cross. They too are a permanent reminder of what He suffered.
For the God who does not change, the Word accepted great changes on our behalf. He is no longer limited in power, but the God who had no form we could behold took on our form so that we could relate to Him and have relationship with Him. This is not a God content to sit in Heaven and wait for us. He reaches out to us, reveals Himself to us, so that He could day to Philip, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”
Blessed be the name of the Lord. God bless you today.