INCARNATION – GOD IN FLESH

What makes the celebration of Christmas so unique?  What is there about Christmas that is so amazing?

It is the incarnation.  That God would enter into this life that we live.  That eternity would appear in time. That somehow the Creator would appear in creation in such a way that men’s eyes could actually see Him.  It is beyond comprehension that God could and did become a human being through His Son, Jesus.

William Barclay suggests that the 14th verse of the First chapter of the Gospel of John might well be the greatest single verse in the whole New Testament.  Listen to it again: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
This indeed is the verse for Christmas.  This is what Christmas is all about, God in flesh.

The truth is more staggering when we realize that Jesus becoming flesh meant He took upon Himself all the weakness of man.  We are so concerned that Jesus be seen as fully God that we  forget that He also was fully man.  Why would He condescend to become like us?  Hear the Scripture: Though He was rich, He became poor, that you through His poverty might be rich.”  2 Corinthians 8:9
Philip’s question, “Lord show us the Father and that will be enough for us” is our question too.  Jesus’ answer was: “Any one who has seen Me has seen the Father.”

What do we see in Jesus?  We see GLORY.  The glory of Jesus is the presence of God.
We see GRACE.  Undeserving love is shown in Jesus.  God’s favor, limitless kindness, mercy is shown in Jesus.
We see TRUTH.  What is truth. Truth is a person.  Jesus said, “I am the truth.”

A Kentucky mountaineer made a journey to see the Grand Canyon. He looked at that Grand Canyon in amazement. He had never seen anything like it. There it was: 217 miles long, 18 miles wide and over a mile deep.  In total disbelief, he shook his head and said, “Man, some thing awful big happened here.”

We come to Bethlehem. We hear the announcement of angels and common shepherds.  We are amazed when we learn of the life that was lived by this small babe born in a manger.  We can’t help but shout with the Kentucky mountaineer, “Man, something awful big happened here.”        IT’S CHRISTMAS, GOD WITH US IN JESUS.

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