God Incarnate; Merry ChristmasDecember 25, 2016
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” John 1:1, 14
He did not have to do it, but He chose to do it. God took it upon Himself to come to earth in the form of man who was marred by sin, to secure our redemption. Divinity became humanity in order to save humanity from eternal destruction. God did not fashion another man from the dust of the earth to save us. The Lord from Heaven clothed Himself in flesh and dwelt among us. Our Eternal King stepped out of eternity into time and took on the form of a slave in order to free us from sin. That’s Glorious!
He who knew no sin became sin for our sake, that we might become the righteousness of God (II Cor 5:21). The wages of sin is death. Jesus died in order that we could live. That’s love! But death could not hold Him and the grave could not keep Him because there was no sin in Him. He became our sin and we became His righteousness at the Cross. He became our sin, but He never sinned. He’s the Perfect sacrifice, the Perfect Gift from God the Father.
At the Cross, we died with Him. At the Grave, we rose with Him. We were raised in newness of life when He rose from the dead. We reflect on the cross because this is where our victory took place – the Great Exchange. Our filthy garments were exchanged for His righteous robe. He willingly laid His life down and took it back up again. Three days in the grave and death had to let go; it was impossible for death to hold Him. “Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it (Acts 2:24).”
God took on the form of human flesh, “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men (Phi 2:7)…” He gave up His rights and privileges of being God. This is the message of Christmas: God has stepped out of eternity into time, to save us from sin and eternal separation from Him. His mission is to seek and save that which is lost. Everything Jesus did in life is exactly what was required of Him to secure our salvation; the eternal redemption of mankind. That’s Good News!
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Lk 2:10-11
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