by Ken Wootton
People say it is the most wonderful time of the year? Holidays, the beach, cricket, food, gifts, and family? Happiness and cheer? Or sadness, loneliness, regret or shame?
One of the best ways the Bible explains Christmas is in John 1:14 “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus’ birth was the equivalent of God putting on a body, skin, bones and flesh. Then moving in next door!
Theologians call this God-coming-to-earth event “the Incarnation.” The Bible reveals God as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Incarnation refers to the second person of the Trinity (the Son) coming to earth as a human. We know Him as Jesus
Jesus didn’t lose His divine status as God when He came to earth. Jesus is fully God and fully human (Colossians 2:9-10). He was born as a human, into a specific place and time in history, even though He’s existed for all time and lives for eternity. All the massive, powerful, divine nature of God can be clearly seen in Jesus.
The Christmas story is a missionary story. Jesus came down from heaven to spend time and build relationships with ordinary people like us. Jesus is a missionary who moves into our lives and shares the truth and grace of God with us on a personal level. When Jesus moved into the neighbourhood, He demonstrated His love toward us, even though we could never deserve it (Romans 5:8). When Jesus returned to His throne in heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us and keep changing us.
God’s mission was and is to make a way for people to know Jesus not just know off Him. Jesus invites us to be a part of this movement by helping people know God and take their next steps following Him. (Matthew 28:18-20)
Everyone who has been changed by Jesus has become a missionary. Wherever we are, we’re on a mission to share the invitation to join know Jesus. Our homes, workplaces, and neighbourhoods are our mission fields. People need love. People need truth. People everywhere need to hear the good news that Jesus came to make a way to know God.
The Christmas season reminds us of the power of God’s love. So as we celebrate Jesus’ birth, let’s not forget to share His love with those who need it most.
Who will you invite to our Christmas Service this year?
Adapted from Newspring Church, John Weirick