Once again we find ourselves in the middle of the Christmas season bombarded with the canned secular musical tunes promising unattainable holiday happiness. Department stores display stacks of winter sweaters and discount stores offer pre-packaged food and beauty product gifts to expedite our Christmas purchasing. And, is it just me, or do many decorations look even gaudier and more cheaply made this year?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1-2, NIV) I need to pause and reflect on this truth. The Word is the eternal Logos—Jesus—who was with God since the beginning, but is also God. This fact is a mystery, and is a lot to wrap my head around and comprehend.
But our Father God, whose Hebrew name is El, sent Jesus to us.
El means “might, strength, and power” and yet, He appeared as a tender baby.
The contrast amazes me: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” (John 14:1a)
But why did He come? Why did God become man? John 6:38-40 (NIV) states, “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” Scripture is revealing God the Father to me and His plan of salvation for us.
Furthermore, scripture discloses, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10) This tells me Jesus came to forgive my sins. God became man for me.
How we process this truth differs with each individual, and I ponder why it’s easy for some to take their step of faith and why it takes others a long time. Or, why do many never seem able to comprehend God’s love and offer of salvation?
What will you do with Jesus this Christmas season? Will you embrace El, our mighty, strong, and powerful God, who came to earth as a tender baby? Will you say “yes” to the baby Jesus?
Father God, I’m tired of all the trappings and secular meaninglessness of Christmas. I want to receive you, know you, and embrace you. I say “yes” to the baby Jesus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Matthew 1:23 (NIV): “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel—which means, God with us.”
John 3:16 (NIV): “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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