Jn 1:18 No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.
Christmas season is finally here. Many things kick into high gear during this season including the deluge of made for TV movies. Each of them lay out a “feel-good” aspect of love, peace or being good that are celebrated at this time of year. Whether it is Frosty the Snowman or the latest Hallmark Classic, each has a positive story with an encouraging message related to Christmas. Beyond all of those story however, there is a critical story with a core truth that is more important than all of them. The story of the Incarnation of Jesus.
This month I invite you to think more deeply with me about just what the incarnation means. God became flesh. We can’t answer how as much as we would like. Sure God gives us an answer to that question but we can’t really understand it can we. The more relevant question is WHY. That is where we are going to focus.
Why did God become flesh? One reason is show us that He is not hiding. He is not making it hard to know Him. He wants to be known by us. He wants us to recognize and respond to Him in truth.
He wants to clear up our misconceptions, deceptions and distractions. He wants us to see Him for real.
When it comes to connecting with God sincerity does not count. Reality is what matters. We must connect with the true God not one of our own making. We must see Him as He is not making Him in our image. The clearest way to see God is to look deeply at Jesus. Jesus is the key. That is the message of Christmas.
This is the core of God’s purpose for humanity. Most have wrong ideas of God or embrace false gods of our modern age. God’s own people struggle to stay faithful to Him. We do not really understand or know Him most of the time. Yet traditions and structure have risen that obscure us from seeing Him as He is and embracing His real purpose. One thing can break through the fog. Focus on the incarnation.
God has fully revealed Himself through Jesus on earth. Jesus is God in flesh come to show us the father, take away our sin and open the door to the Father so people can receive abundant eternal life in Him. To follow Jesus is to follow God.
His coming helped clarify God’s character, heart & purpose in an intimate way. We see tears, joy, strength, impatience and much more. We see truth with grace, power with restraint and holiness with forgiveness.
God is so determined to help us see Him that He comes in flesh to make it as clear as possible. Join me this Sunday as we reflect on this together and worship the incarnate One. Read John 1:1-18 to get your heart ready.