"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."- John 1:14
We are now in a season of Advent which is a fun time. People are busy buying gifts, planning parties and enjoying beautiful lights all around town. Advent and the anticipation of Christmas is a special time. But we need remember what Christmas is all about.
"The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."
Use your imagination with me. Imagine Jesus, who was and is and always will be. Jesus who created the universe and ruled it. Jesus who lived in perfect loving unity with God the Father and God the Spirit. Jesus who was constantly praised and worshipped by the creatures in heaven. This Jesus became flesh and made His dwelling among us.
Jesus abandoned all the glory of heaven to dwell amongst men. But He didn't just live with us; He lived as one of us. Jesus subjected Himself to the limitations of a human.
Imagine with me: Jesus, the aforementioned king of the universe, unable to express the fact that He had made a mess in His pants so He cries uncontrollably. Martin Luther wrote in the song "Away in a Manager" this line, "But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes." Sorry Martin but I'm sure Jesus cried like a normal baby. He subjected Himself to the limitations of an infant.
Imagine this with me: One day Jesus walks up to Mary and starts asking questions about some changes in His body. I can just picture this: "Joseph! You need to have a talk with your son. You know 'THE talk'." I'm sure Jesus went through puberty as awkwardly as all the other Jewish boys in town. Sinlessly but awkwardly. Sinlessly but within the limitations of His human body.
Jesus can relate with us. "The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us."
If this was the end of the Christmas story it would still be an amazing story. God dwelt with His people to understand their predicament or maybe more accurately to prove He understood. No human can now say, "God you just don't know what it's like down here." God the Son understands completely because He lived it completely.
But here's great news... the Word didn't just live among us He died for us and rose again! Jesus in complete obedience to His Father and out of love for you and I came to earth and did battle with death defeating it once and for all!
This Advent remember what Christ did for us on the cross. But beyond that, remember what a sacrifice He made just to come and dwell amongst us. Thank God for His incarnation today.