The Word became flesh and dwelt among us
So I am feeling like I need to write a series of blogs on Christmas. Titles like, “The Real Meaning of Christmas”, or “Favorite Christmas Memories”, or something nostalgic and festive. But as I have been studying and preaching through the Gospel of John here at camp, I am being constantly challenged by one ongoing thought…The gift of Jesus’ incarnation (the doctrine that He is fully God and became a human in order to save us) is the ongoing theme in John’s gospel.
“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us”.
That is a thirty-three year gift that has eternal implications. There won’t ever be enough Christmas’ to wear that gift out.
As I study it, I am finding more and more that Jesus was and is so relational. Thank God for that. He knows me, and wants to be known by me. In John’s gospel, Jesus continually seeks out individuals and calls them to salvation. But He does so by offering them a relationship with Him.
He wants to be in a relationship with you, and with me. I just read and preached about the guy in John 5 who can’t walk. He is a paraplegic who can’t help himself. When Christ finds the man, he asks him a very interesting question. He asks him if he WANTS to be healed. Are you kidding me? Seriously? That seemed so strange to me at first. Until I realized that not everyone wants to be healed. Not everyone wants to be changed by Jesus. Not everyone wants that gift. The great miracle of salvation-that we are rescued from our selves and our sin- often leads to the great mystery of man’s rejection. Why would anyone want to be left alone by Christ?
How about you? Has Christ changed you? Do you want to continually change no matter what? Even if it means that Christ will take away your identity as you know it? What is The Incarnation about for you?
Think about it.