Christmas is coming (and thus this will be my last post for a few days) and with it comes the opportunity to reflect on its true meaning. Yes, this is a time for family and food and the exchanging of presents. From a Christian perspective it is also the time to recall extravagant generosity (not that we shouldn’t the rest of the year), looking to bless those who are in need as God has called us to. But it is also about celebrating the greatest gift to come our way in the entirety of history, namely, our Savior Jesus Christ.
The God of the universe took on flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14). In doing so God the Son demonstrated great humility (Philippians 2:5-11) and came to this earth, born of a virgin as a baby. Jesus Christ grew in wisdom and stature, overcame temptation, lived a perfect life, ministered, healed, taught, and preached the message of the kingdom of God. Ultimately he lived that he might die on our behalf as a substitutionary sacrifice, making atonement for our sins, satisfying God’s wrath against us, and in so doing defeated sin, Satan, and death.
So Christians, let’s get perspective. Sure it is nice to be with family and receive that new sweater, tool, or Apple product, but through the incarnation we have gained access to the God of the universe. God demonstrated His love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). What a crazy act of love! May we actually live in this reality and may it drive us to live in a way that is in keeping with the storyline of Scripture.
For further thoughts on this, check out the video below.