Emmanuel, The Word becomes flesh!

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

(John 1:1-5 NLT)

He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God. So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

Was there ever an event in your life that was so big you couldn’t get your head around it? Maybe the big, world famous dignitary was coming to visit your company or community you were asked to be an honored guest. Maybe your hero, someone you’ve looked up to your whole life, was coming to your house just to visit with you and you cleaned and spruced everything up so much that you hardly recognized it as your house?

You would also want to make sure that everyone knows about the event. You would feel the urge to tell everyone you know, post in on Facebook, send out Tweets, call the TV news channels.

The night before the big day you’d be so excited wouldn’t be able to sleep. You finally decide to get up hours before you need to. You take extra care getting yourself ready. As the time draws near, you can’t sit still. You can’t even stand still. Your palms sweat. You skip the coffee because you are already too jittery.

This event will change your life. It already has and it hasn’t even happened yet! You will mark the day on your calendar and celebrate the anniversary of it each year for the rest of your life. Your whole outlook on life will be different. People will never treat you the same again. Your dull, drab life will now have purpose and meaning.

And yet even if such a thing happened to you, it would pale in comparison with the event that we celebrate each December 25th. On that day, each year, we commemorate the single most important event in human history.

Bigger than any visiting dignitary, more important than any hero you could imagine is the entry into the world of the one who created it. He came not just to visit, He came to live. He came to take up residence with us. He came to become one of us. He came to experience life as we experience it. He came to feel life as we do. All the ups, downs, inconveniences and discomfort that comes with being wholly human. He would love, laugh, cry and smile just like we do. More importantly He would die for us.

Let’s not let all of that get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season. Let’s not get distracted by the cute little baby and familiar stories and forget what is really happening here. The Lord God of the Universe, the mighty and awesome God that created everything there is loves us so much that He became one of us to tell us about that love. Maybe you still can’t get your head around all of that, but take just a few moments to contemplate that this day.

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