Not only is the Word the Son of God eternally, the word became flesh. For most of us, that is such a basic truth of Christianity that we take it for granted. We rightly teach our children that at Christmas time we celebrate Jesus’ birthday, but do we really communicate to them the amazing grace of that birthday.
A very revealing question we should ask ourselves is, what would my life be like if Jesus had not been born? How would you answer that question? Your answer reveals more than you might think. If the only difference would be that you wouldn’t go to church on Sunday; that points to a serious problem. The fact that Jesus is God in the flesh, that he died and rose, and is coming again, should impact every moment of every day of our lives. If Jesus had not been born, we would have no hope. There would be no forgiveness, no salvation, no joy. His birth, life, death, and resurrection is our life.
Christmas must never be reduced to a mere birthday party for Jesus. It is so much more. It is the gospel proclaimed. Those angels in the field proclaimed the messiah had come. The good news was proclaimed. How can we do any less today? The greatest gift we could ever give Jesus on his birthday is that we would tell others of his birth and his death and his resurrection. Let’s not squander these weeks in December. Spend time this month considering the miraculous and gracious incarnation. God became a man. This miracle is beyond words, yet it is through words that we share this wonderful truth of Christmas. As is the case of Easter, so too is the case with Christmas, the wonder of these holidays is not food and fun, it is Christ in all his Glory. Share the good news with someone today.