Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Incarnation

Incarnation is a stunning word.

The infinite, eternal Jesus put limits on Himself. He, the living Word, became flesh (Jn. 1:14). He laid aside His Creator rights and willingly, humbly, came to live amongst us. Christmas isn’t about a sweet little baby bringing peace on earth. This is the one and only God coming down from His glory to our broken, sin-cursed world. Jesus willingly endured shameful treatment, wrong accusations, hateful words, rejection. And yet He never sinned. He lived the perfect life we needed to live and died in our place that we might experience forgiveness and freedom from sin.

When I ponder the outstanding humility of Jesus, I’m humbled because I don’t always like stepping into others’ lives, bringing truth or gentle correction. It’s hard. Bearing burdens, facing hurts, and experiencing rejection is not easy. My flesh wants to run from that. And yet when I look to Jesus, I wonder that the perfect, all-knowing God could step into our world, knowing what He would face. He had infinitely more reasons to not step into the darkness our sin had brought. Jesus didn’t receive the approval, the friendship, the recognition, the affirmation that often motivates our actions to help others. He was worthy of the worship of all people, and yet He didn’t receive it when He came to earth. It was the opposite.

And yet He came. This is the hope and the joy of the incarnation!

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” 
Gal. 4:4-5

What a perfect time to remember the purpose that Christ came—and to respond in gratitude and worship.

"Come adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord the newborn King!"


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