Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
John 1:14 (NLT)
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.
In one of the great Christmas Carol’s of all-time, “O, Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” it says, “O come, O come, Emmanuel and ransom captive Israel. That mourns in lonely exile here. Until the Son of God appear. Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.” In this song we see some very important aspects of Christmas that is often overlooked. When it comes to Christmas we at best focus on Jesus’ birth, and at worst we focus on our selfish desires and ourselves. However, the true meaning behind Christmas is that Jesus, who was God the Son, became human and lived among us. Furthermore, He didn’t just come to be born and live as a human, but he did it to “ransom” us from the chains of sin and death. He came to set us free! In order to do this He had to become like us so that He could stand in our place on the cross. John makes a very powerful and blunt statement. He says that the Word became human. The Greek literally reads “and the Word became flesh.” He uses a term that put the incarnation of Jesus in its true light. In one short but powerful phrase John gets to the heart of the Gospel by saying that the Word became human in order to save us from our sins (Morris, NICNT: John, 91-93). What are you focusing on this Christmas? Are you focusing on the trappings of a Holiday that is becoming more and more secularized? Are you focusing on Jesus as a baby? Or are you focusing on the miracle of the Incarnation and it’s real purpose? As the Angel’s told the shepherd’s many years ago, “but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. 11 The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11, NLT)! Let us rejoice, for Emmanuel, God with us, has come!