And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us . . . John 1:14
Have you ever tried to grasp the concept of “eternity?” I have. However, my brain is incapable of understanding how far back “eternity past” extends! Try as I may, my mind’s eye cannot see far enough into eternity past to experience its lack of boundaries, limitations, time! The same is true of “space:” no boundaries, no limitations. This vast expanse is where God has always been! God is an invisible Spirit, filling the whole universe with His presence! There is no place we can go, see, or imagine where God does not dwell. John 1:1-4 says that Jesus, the Word, has existed from “the beginning” and that He created everything! Genesis 1:1 declares that God created the world; therefore, John’s words strongly affirm that Jesus is God!
God knew the humans He created would rebel against Him and break His laws. He taught them that a blood sacrifice was necessary in order to atone for their disobedience. For centuries, God’s people presented the sacrifices God demanded in order to become “right” with Him temporarily- – until they sinned again! They acted in faith that He would forgive their sins.
But God had already planned the perfect sacrifice to accomplish complete atonement for man’s sins “once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) But who could qualify: God would offer Himself (Jesus) as the only sacrifice worthy to take our place on the altar. He always has been the only sinless One, who did not have to die for His own sins! But why would He do such a thing? The answer is that He loved those whom He had created and had mercy on them.
But how could a spirit bleed and die? The answer lies in the words of John quoted above. The eternal, invisible, infinite God became flesh! Note that He did not become God; he was already God. But, miraculously, He conceived in the womb of Mary, a virgin Jewish girl, a body of flesh, uncontaminated by sin, uniquely acceptable as the sacrifice for the transgressions of the whole world! Without His unlimited grace and immeasurable love, we would still be doomed to an eternity without God. But, glory be to the Father, in His perfect time, He “sent forth His Son” to be our Savior and to give us the privilege of becoming children of God through “trusting Jesus as our Savior!” (Galatians 4:4-7)
That was no ordinary baby lying in the manger there in Bethlehem. That Baby in the manger would one day be the Savior suffering on the cross, the victorious Lord rising from the tomb, the beloved Son ascending to His place with the Father, the Mighty King returning some day to take us to dwell forever in His presence. (John 14:3) He was and is to come the holy Son of the living God, the eternal Spirit dwelling in human flesh! Praise His Holy Name now and forevermore! May you have a very Merry Christmas, and a deeply joyful one as you ponder these truths.
About the Writer:
Diana is a former high school teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Women’s Bible Studies teacher. For many years a stay-at-home wife and mother, she is now also a grandmother to three young Oklahomans, who call her “Gigi”.