This Friday we will celebrate the incarnation. God coming to earth in the form of a baby.
It defies all logic when you think of it from a human perspective. Why would the Lord of all of creation, the Creator of all, become part of the creation? The more I learn about the attributes of our God the more amazing it is to think that the Lord once existed in the form of a baby! He was fully God and yet He was fully man (in the form of a baby). He who is timeless, who is omnipresent, who is omniscient, the alpha and the omega, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords took on flesh and came as a baby! Paul in writing the Philippians writes, "Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men." (Phil. 2:5-7) May we think of this the next time we think that we are making "great" sacrifices in order to follow Christ! Christ's incarnation began the example that ended with His death and resurrection. Christ came to serve and set an example that every believer needs to follow. "And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil.2:8) He submitted His life to the will of the Father. Our God three in one working in perfect symmetry to attain His purposes. And what was the purpose that Christ came for? John writes, "In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world." (1 John 4:10-14)God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world and to be the propiation for our sins. A Holy God requires payment for our sins. The following has been written of propitiation. "That which turns aside the wrath of God from the sinner. The atonement of Jesus satisfies the just demands of the righteousness and wrath of God against sin." WOW!!! The incarnation really does defy human logic! We have wronged God...we have sinned against our Creator...we have despised Him and turned our own way! (Rom.3:10) God's answer...I will make the payment for my wrath through the giving of my Son!! If God were to send everyone of us to hell, it would be just and right. But God so loved the world that He have His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life! WHAT AN AWESOME GOD! FULL OF MERCY AND GRACE!!! This Christmas enjoy your time with family and friends. Enjoy the delicious food and times of fellowship. Enjoy your friends and the giving of gifts. All these are gifts from God. However, DO NOT FORGET ABOUT OUR SAVIOR!!! STOP and REFLECT!! Think of an all powerful King who would come in the form of baby so that YOU may might have life. He was born into a no name town, to a couple who had little means and was born not in a hospital, not even in a house but he was born and laid in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. (Luke 2:7) Our King gave up so much so that you might have life, eternal life. What will you give Him this Christmas? What will you do so that you might give Him the praise and honor that He is due this Christmas? My prayer is that you will come to understand and know our great Savior in new ways this Christmas season! Make time to get to know Him in new ways! Be amazed and awestruck by the wonder of this great event that we celebrate this December 25th! Give Christ the praise He is due! Have a Merry Christmas!