“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) The coming of Jesus – the Word, Emmanuel – God with us – in the flesh was the turning point of history. The incarnation is the moment in time when God condescended, or came to be with, and became a creature to creatively recreate His creation. Jesus was born into His created world, a lowly and humble earthly beginning for the King of the world.
Though Jesus became fully human, He did not give up any of His divine nature. Because Jesus is fully God and fully human, He is the only person qualified to break the sting of sin. It is because of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, that began with His miraculous human birth, that allows us to approach God unafraid. Jesus became the sin of the world so that the sin of the world could be defeated.
Without fear, we can approach God’s throne of grace and lay before His feet our brokenness. We can lay down our lives with confidence, surrendering every part of ourselves trusting that God holds our broken pieces together. In Christ, our lives are made new. In Christ, our hearts of stone are turned to flesh.
Christ’s first coming was an amazing gift, from God, of grace and love. We, who profess Jesus as Lord, are changed and our lives are made new. Our new nature is constantly being transformed, by the Holy Spirit, into the character of Christ. Until Christ comes to make His world new again, we are called to seek fervently after Jesus, sing His praises high, and worship Him above all other things. The God who sent His Son to save the world is faithful to the end. He will one day dwell permanently with His people. That fact alone should leave us praising our great God forevermore.