Have you ever thought about what we celebrate at Christmas? We celebrate Jesus Christ, the Son of God, deciding to come to Earth and become a man.
The purpose for this visit was Him dying on a cross and being resurrected, so that we might die and be raised up with Him. However it is interesting that this is not what we celebrate at this time of year, we wait till the Easter bunny is in season for that. No, this holiday is about Jesus Christ becoming flesh. Being born in Bethlehem as a baby boy. A human.
Have you ever stopped to think about it. The consequences of what Jesus decided to do? I mean, there was God in Heaven, absolutely perfect in every way. Three in one, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Yet, their huge heart for mankind, who were trapped in a sinful nature, caused them to decide to make a huge decision.
They became one of us. God became man. Not just for Christmas. Not just for 33 years. But for eternity.
God became the son of man so that we could become sons of God.
God believes so much in mankind that He has chosen for it to be impossible for Him to exist outside of mankind.
Now let me clarify that I’m not saying that God is just a man, nor am I saying that we are God Himself. I am simply saying that forever God will be man. Jesus Christ is forever a man. He believed in the permanent and perfect plan for mankind so much so, that He decided to be identified with it. He didn’t write off mankind, He became part of it!
Do I know all that this means? No, in fact, I’m pretty sure I’m only just scraping the surface. I personally have been meditating on this fact for the last few weeks and will probably do so for the Christmas season.
So let me ask you a question, what does the incarnation of Christ mean to you?