I hope the Christmas Celebration isn’t fading too quickly for you. For our house it has been especially great. Enjoying the presence of all of our children and watching their interaction with each other is a true blessing. It reminds me that the presence of loved ones is a greater blessing than any material things. The greatest blessing still is the presence of Jesus, Emmanuel who came through incarnation to be with us.
Christ continues to incarnate Himself in all who follow Him in priority obedient faith.
Incarnation, the core of Christmas, was a real moment in history that carries eternal impact. How incredible it must have been for the generation that got to see Jesus in the flesh. What if He could be seen like that today? What if His voice could be heard, his character observed and His grace felt by those in our time?
This Sunday we are going to dig deeper into a little considered aspect of the incarnation. At the risk of having you skip Sunday I will spill the bottom line here. I believe the Bible teaches that Jesus continues to incarnate Himself of believers who follow Him today. Think about it. How are Christ followers described in the New Testament? Ambassadors for Christ, kingdom of priests, salt & light in the world. In Romans 8 Paul notes that God has determined that we should be transformed to the image of His Son.
For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 2Cor 2:15
The core truth of what makes a person a Christian is the presence of Christ within them. The greater the spiritual growth of that person, the more Christ will be seen in them. This is the goal in this world. Though it is different from the Christmas incarnation, in a very real sense, Christ continues to incarnate Himself in all who follow Him in priority obedient faith.
Join us this weekend if you are in town as we chew on this biblical truth and consider especially what impact it is meant to make on our lives. People need to see Jesus. People long to see Jesus. It is possible that they might. The question is do they see Him in us and how can we make that possibility more likely for all.
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.