Creator became part of His creation.
Eternal one stepped into time.
God became man.
Immanuel, God with us.
The gravity of sacrifice displayed in the incarnation is beyond our finite comprehension. It’s like ants trying to follow computer coding; it’s impossible. However, for us to truly understand the significance and meaning of Christmas, we must ponder and try to grasp what God did so many years ago.
The Maker of the stars entered the womb of a teenage girl from Nazareth, was born in a smelly stable, and lived a peasant’s life. While being fully God, He was also fully man and encumbered by our human limitations, walking the road of physical, mental, and emotional development as we must. God, who spoke the universe into existence, had to learn the elementary process of speech and comprehension, wobble through the challenge of learning how to walk, and navigate the emotional upheaval and awkwardness of adolescence. Life isn’t a cakewalk and neither was it for Jesus. So why then, would He leave His perfect home in heaven to live among corrupt men in a hurting world?
Because of love.
Jesus is the manifestation of God’s perfect, all-encompassing, unconditional, divine love. Through His birth, life, death, and resurrection, we see how much God loves us--that He would become one of us. He is the greatest gift ever given, wrapped in the flesh of man yet containing the perfection, holiness, and nature of God. And yet He is one gift few people receive. Therefore, during this Christmas season, let us remember to thank the Giver of history’s ultimate Gift, ponder the love poured out and sacrifice made for the Son of God to become that gift, and tell others that the best, most satisfying and fulfilling Christmas present has already been given and that all they need to do is receive it!
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