What Child Is This?
Jesus as the Word, is the complete expression of God. He is the living, “And God said,” of Genesis by which all we know exists. He stepped into our world from a realm we strain to imagine wearing flesh and blood as we do.
That done, Jesus openly declared himself to be God...not a god, but the one and only God, and not to any people, but to the Jews, perhaps the greatest monotheist culture of the day. The life and light of mankind came to demonstrate what man was created to be and to open the way for mankind to receive that same life and light. Why Jesus did this is what Christmas is about.
Have you ever loved...I mean really loved someone who didn’t love you? Someone who seemed to love you but when it came down to a choice between you and their selfish desires, they chose their desire and walked away?
God’s been there. Mankind seemed to love God but chose to walk away. It was the death of their relationship. However, it was not the death of God’s love.
The living Word, the Christ, came to Bethlehem as a man to bear the curse of a broken relationship and mend it. He proclaimed the peace and the goodwill of God and gave new life to the relationship between God and man. It was possible for Jesus to do this because he was both God and man.
The mechanics of how this happened are not as immediately important as the fact that it did happen. Jesus brought peace with God and divine goodwill to mankind.
There is one caveat. To receive the gift God gave us that first Christmas, a person must accept it, open it, and use it. It is a personal gift and a personal decision one must make on his/her own, no one can make it for you. You must personally walk back into that relationship with God (the Prince of Peace will hold your hand) and open yourself to the fellowship of His Holy Spirit.
“He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name...”