Busy, busy, busy. That is the story these days. Even when we get times of reflection on the meaning of Christmas I find it strange that we never really dive into the incarnation. The church it seems avoids it, I think it has been labeled boring and too “theological” to dive into.  The tendency has been to say ‘we are so thankful for God’s gift of Jesus at Christmas, to make a way to us through his death and resurrection’ or we just look at the story itself. All of which is inspiring and good. I just sometime wish it was called Incarnation Day, I know I see things a bit different 🙂 Here I go!!

John 1:14 The Message

The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
We saw the glory with our own eyes,
the one-of-a-kind glory,
like Father, like Son,
Generous inside and out,
true from start to finish.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.

This is what makes God real and unreal to me at the same time. It defies all logic but not all love. If Jesus wasn’t how God revealed his heart for humanity how could we ever come to trust God loves or even likes us?  His incarnation was  about being identified with us from beginning to end. I know I have tended to look more at Jesus as a God- Man who already knew everything from the get-go , not a poor man born under an occupying force who preached homeless for 3 years and knew life inside and out from the human side. Laughter, sadness, anger, joy, pain, being corrected, loss, hurt, dysfunction, injustice, and love -he experienced most likely almost every emotion you have. He didn’t walk around already knowing everything, He knew what Father revealed to him. As a toddler do you think he was fluent in french or was he still learning to speak his native language?  What is he to you? Is the Super-man who never made a mistake and became human just to judge you? Or is He the ultimate Brother wanting to show you he knows,loves and understands you?

God became human. The human, our representative for all time. That is so amazing to contemplate. This was the beginning of “God with us”. He wants to be identified with us. This is so central to our faith! Jesus became man and still a man today, as much as he is the exact image of God, fully God and fully man. He also carries us into the very heart of God. God is on our side!  As we look at the nativity and remember the humble way He was born lets remember this was the 1st part in His identification with us, without which it is harder to grasp the fullness of the gospel. This to me is the celebration of Christmas. God with us, in Jesus.

I hope in the busyness of  this season we are able to enjoy the pure beauty of our shared humanity in our family, friends and worship.

Merry Christmas

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