Now in Flesh Appearing

Today in the city of David a Savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord! And this will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:11-12 (BSB)

Jesus was fully human and fully divine. It’s a paradox we will never truly comprehend this side of Heaven. We believe it because the Bible declares it, but beyond that, we must trust in God and what He has said.

The lyrics of all the treasured Christmas carols have been resonating with me quite a bit this year. I find myself listening and pondering these familiar lines a bit more than perhaps I have in the past. And what has struck me is the theme that dominates Christmas: Jesus Christ, the Lord, God, Creator, and Sustainer of all things, has come to this fallen world and taken on human flesh.

Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God 
something to be grasped,
but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:6-8 (BSB)

So, with each carol I found myself humming, I was confronted over and over with this glorious truth. A truth that I fear we may take for granted.

“Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.”

Do we get it? Is the celebration of this reality truly what marks our Christmas season?

The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:14 (BSB)

Had Jesus not been fully human, He could not have been our Savior. His death could not have atoned for us were He not fully man (cf. Hebrews 2:14-17).

And yet, were He not fully divine, He could not have been our Savior. Were He not God, He could not save His people from their sins (cf. Matthew 1:21).

These are truths that we hear preached over and over again and yet, there are times when they strike us anew and we realize just how lovely and precious they are.

“Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail the incarnate Deity.”

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.

Luke 2:11-12 (NKJV)

A baby wrapped in swaddling cloths. A baby who relied on his mother’s milk for sustenance and yet, at the same time, sustained the very world He created and came to save (Colossians 1:16-17). A baby who will one day return, not this time as an infant, but as the conquering King to judge, to make all things new, to set all things right, and to reign forever and ever.

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.

Luke 1:32-33 (NIV 1984)

Joy to the world! Jesus reigns forever and ever!

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