It's that time of year again when every day seems to be a "Black Friday" or "Cyber Monday" in order to encourage us to find that money-saving gift to place under the tree. Lights on the houses, cards in the mail, dinner with family and friends, and the sound of Christmas music being played are just some of the things that confirm that the holidays are here.
For some, Christmas means the warmth of our families or expressing love for other people – you know “Peace on earth, good will toward men.” Of course, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. All these things, and especially the celebration of Jesus’ birth, have something to do with Christmas. But the full meaning of Christmas is something greater than the love of our families or good will toward men, even bigger than remembering the birthday of Jesus. For when we celebrate Christmas, we are celebrating one of the greatest truths of our faith – the incarnation.
Okay, so the word "incarnation" might sound a bit like something out of a sci-fi movie like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" but think of it this way...Jesus became human or the Word became flesh. John 1:14 reads: "The Word became a human being and lived here with us. We saw his true glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father. From him all the kindness and all the truth of God have come down to us".
So you might be thinking, why would the powerful Son of God become like us? Well, Jesus just didn't become human, He also took on all that makes us human while still being God: body, mind, emotions and will...but without sin. Hebrews 4:15 reminds us that "Jesus understands every weakness of ours, because he was tempted in every way that we are. But he did not sin!'
However, Jesus didn't stay as that baby in a manger, an image we so often focus on this time of year, He grew into a man who would experience pain, sorrow, physical weakness, temptation, and death. How amazing that the divine Son of God would not just take on part of our humanity but all of it—and then take that true humanity all the way to the cross for us.
So what's the big deal about Christmas?
It serves as a reminder that Jesus took on a human body to save our bodies and a human mind to save our minds. Without becoming man in his emotions, he could not have saved our emotions...and without taking a human will, he could not save our will. He became man in full so that he might save us in full.
Solid Rock Church celebrates this season with gratitude for the day when Jesus began the journey that would ultimately take him to calvary to be crucified for the sins of all of humanity. Hallelujah! What a marvelous Savior!