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The Wonder of Christmas and the Humility of God

Now, before I say anything further, let me be clear; I’m no humbug. In fact, I love Christmas! I love buying (and receiving!) gifts, I love spending time with family and friends, I love singing Christmas carols, and I love eating Christmas food. But with that in mind, I’m also painfully aware of the potential for these activities to distract me from the wonder of what we truly celebrate at Christmas: the truth that God became man in the Lord Jesus Christ. In the midst of buying presents, attending parties, preparing food, writing cards, and visiting relatives it’s easy to forget the world-changing, life-altering truth that in Jesus Christ God has come to us. 
 
In fact, this is part of the reason I love the opening verses in the Gospel of John (one of the accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry). The Gospel of John does not begin with the birth of Jesus; there is no star in the sky, shepherds in the field, or wise men with gifts. As wonderful and as important as those details are, John bypasses them and goes straight to the eternally existent Jesus. He goes right back to the beginning, before the world even existed, and he shows us the glory and eternality of Jesus Christ.
 
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. (John 1:1–5)
 
These verses tell us that the story of Jesus, and so the story of Christmas, really has no beginning. Jesus, or “the Word” as John calls him, has eternally existed because he is none other than the eternal God. This is the wonder of Christmas; that in Jesus Christ God has become man. The infinite stepped into finitude. The divine veiled within the human. And this is the staggering humility of God; that He would be willing to step off His throne and step into our mess. That he would be willing to live the life we haven’t lived, to die the death we deserve to die, in order that “…he might bring us to God” (1 Pet. 4:18).
 
So, my prayer for you today is that you would truly know the wonder of Christmas and the humility of God. That you would draw near to Jesus Christ, the humble God-man who came from heaven to earth to release us from the condemnation of sin and give us the gift of forgiveness, adoption into God’s family, and life everlasting. That, my friends, is news truly worth celebrating. And it is news worth keeping close to our hearts and minds as we spend time with loved ones, give (and receive!) gifts, sing songs, and feast together, all to the glory of God.
 
Have a blessed Christmas!
 
Grace and peace,
Adam
 
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