God in our Midst

 John 1:1 NIV – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Read more.

The Eternal Living Word

Christmas reminds us about one of the greatest miracles and mysteries of all history: God became human. The Creator took on the form of the creature. The Unhindered, the Unlimited One limited Himself to the “laws of nature”—the very laws He Himself put in place. Jesus is the eternal Word of God. He is the creator. He came to the world he created. He is creator the Light of the world. He shines the light of righteousness in this world. Sin darkens the good world. He illuminates our minds which were once darkened by sin, to perceive the things of God. He is the life-giving light of God. Those who receive Him have life in Him.

God Came to Us

He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God (John 1:11-12)

One of the reasons why Christianity unique is that God came to us. World religions teach their adherents how to get to God or at least how to impress Him so that you earn His favor. The Bible tells us that God came to us—to our level. He came to us in our broken, rebellious, filthy states. The Creator mingled with the creatures. He was abused, cursed and taken for granted. He did all this because of love. God the Son lowered himself so that He could restore our broken relationship with the Father. Although “His own did not receive Him” (verse 11), this apparent rejection does not thwart His mission. He still offers salvation and acceptance to all those who receive Him (verse 12). Through this Man, Jesus Christ, we are reconciled with God (1 Timothy 2:5). He offers light, life and salvation to all those who believe in Him. This is love. This is grace.

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Now What?

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

Why is the incarnation of Jesus Christ important for our Christian faith? In Jesus Christ we have a complete revelation of God (Hebrews 1:3). He is Emmanuel—God in our midst. As Apostle John puts it, God came and dwelt (or tabernacled) among us (John 1:14). He dignified humanity, especially the body. He is our perfect example of what it means to be truly human.

He became a friend of those on the sidelines of the religious and societal establishment of the time: the lepers, prostitutes, beggars, and many other “sinners.” Because Jesus Christ came and became man, He knows exactly what we go through. He shares in our experiences, our fears, our joys, our hopes and weaknesses. We can count on His friendship. We can look up to Him as our model. He is the ultimate and perfect revelation of God. In Jesus Christ God became accessible, visible  and tangible. Through Him we can truly know who God is.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light (John 1:6-8).

We (like John the Baptist) are witnesses to the light of Jesus Christ. We reflect His light to the world.

Merry Christmas!

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