FaceTime; Skype; ZoomUs; there are even more ways we can connect with one another across the miles that separate us from each other. I enjoy seeing and talking with people, especially my grandson who seems to always be doing something silly (can’t imagine where he gets that from). But still, no matter how nice those short calls are, there is nothing as special as actually being in the presence of loved ones. But so often, we find ourselves separated from those we love. What happens when Skype and FaceTime just won’t cut it? We find a way to get there!
This Christmas, I am reminded that God didn’t use some social media app to connect with His people. Instead, some 2,000 year ago, God actually became flesh. Why? A gap occurred, a gully caused by sin between God and His people, a great divide that needed to be crossed. No human could bridge the division, no matter how hard they tried. Therefore, God came to man. The disciple John records this truth in his gospel where he writes how in the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God and that the Word became flesh and lived among us. (see John 1:1-3, 14) The Word (logos) no longer remained a spiritual reality apart from the human, materialistic world, but instead, took on flesh. Yes, God became human. But realize this . . . God didn’t give up His divinity. Instead, He took on human flesh. This is why the Christian Church professes a faith in Jesus as being both God and Man. Both divine and human…at the same time! Not a 50/50 split…but 100% and 100%. God comes to us. Immanuel . . . God with us!
It is my hope you have a great Christmas where you experience the reality of God in your life. For as the angel told Joseph, “You will name Him Jesus for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 Indeed, He is with you. Immanuel.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, You sent Jesus into my broken world, into my broken life, to rescue me and save me from the consequence of my sin. Help me see this to be what it truly is . . . the greatest Christmas gift ever. Amen.