Thoughts on the Incarnation

The God of the Universe laid aside His glory for me. When I first encountered this truth and fully grasped it I could not get my head around it. Up to that point Christmas was more of the traditional holiday for me. You give gifts and spend time with family etc. That all changed when I began to walk with the Lord.

Suddenly I understood the connection between the manger and the cross, the baby and the God/man and the birth and the death, the burial and the resurrection. The very idea that God humbled Himself and came down to be one of us took my breath away. I tried to imagine the Creator of the Universe in a manger, in swaddling clothes completely vulnerable, yet fully divine, voluntarily humble, born to die for a sin debt He did not owe, so that we could be with Him. We humans are blessed with the reality that we do not know what is coming next, whether blessing or cursing. Jesus knew. He knew from the foundation of the world. Yet He did it anyway. He knew that He would be mocked, He knew all the scenarios that would come to pass before His crucifixion. Still He did it anyway. From His humble steps as a toddler to His final steps to the cross, He was on a relentless journey to complete His mission of mercy to pay the sin debt for His fallen creation. Oh praise His glorious name!! I pray that this Christmas be filled with blessing for you and yours. But, please remember that the greatest gift is not under the tree. It is the truth of the Gospel. That Jesus was killed for our sins, that He was buried and that He was raised from the grave. He gave His gift to you, that you would gift your heart to Him and be saved from your sins. It can be as simple as a heart cry of “Jesus Save me! Forgive my sins!” He is waiting to forgive you! We are all sinners in need of a savior regardless of how good we think we are. Remember that baby in the manger is also that Man who went to the cross. May this be the first real Christmas for you.

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