There are many mysterious truths surrounding the birth of Jesus. There is the virgin birth, the star as a sign, and the proclamation of angels to name a few. But perhaps the most mysterious and spectacular of all truths is the incarnation of Jesus. This is the truth that God took on flesh and dwelt among us.
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
John writes that in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. (John 1:1 emphasis added) And that this word took on flesh and dwelt among us. (John 1:14 emphasis added) So it boggles the mind that the almighty God who is without beginning and without end, who created the universe and sustains all things by His powerful word, would come down and take on human flesh. Not only does he take on human flesh, but he takes on the most humble state. That of being a baby.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but babies do not do much. I have one at home. All he does is eat, sleep, poop, and repeat. Babies fully depend on others for their survival. By definition they have no way of caring for themselves. This was no different with our Lord. He took on the most humble form of man. Yet, in Him all fullness of deity was pleased to dwell. (Colossians 1:19) He was indeed God in the flesh.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,” (Galatians 4:4)
He was also one hundred percent human. As Paul points out in Galatians 4:4, “God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law.” Although, He was not conceived like all people, He was born like all people. He was born under the law, so that He might redeem those who were under the law. For we all stood in condemnation when it came to the law. We could not redeem ourselves by keeping the law, because the law was given that we might know that we are sinners.
This is why Jesus was born under the law, so that he might fulfill the law. He lived a sinless life. As a result, He was able to be the sacrifice for our sins. He was able to take the wrath of God that was meant for sinners upon himself. In order for Him to be able to accomplish this, Jesus had to take on human flesh. He had to be made like us in every respect, so that he might be the propitiation for our sins. (Hebrews 2:17)
The incarnation of Jesus blows my mind every time I step back and consider it. The humility of Jesus, the vulnerability of Jesus, and the submissiveness of Jesus. All things were created through Him, yet He comes to His own creation in order that He might redeem us and reconcile us with God.
May we not lose sight of this glorious truth as we celebrate today.