“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” (NLT).
The most meaningful thing we can do for someone is to walk alongside them in life. Whether they are celebrating their most remarkable achievement or suffering through their most challenging trial, our presence makes a difference. The most powerful bonds come into being when we live out our stories in unison with one another.
As we approach Christmas, I wanted to end the year by reminding you of one of the central stories of our faith: God came down to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived among us, experiencing life as we do and leading by example in everything. He walked alongside us, showing us what it means to live. It boggles the mind to comprehend the depth of meaning in this truth, but we will explore it together.
Jesus Was Fully Human
Jesus didn’t just show up as God cloaked in human form: He was human in every way. He developed in Mary’s womb and was born, growing through childhood into an adult. He experienced every stage of life that we do. Jesus grew up as a child with His parents and then worked His father’s trade as a carpenter before stepping into His ultimate role in ministry. We can find hope in Jesus because He faced the same struggles in life that we do and overcame them: “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15, NLT).
Jesus Perfected Humanity
Acts 1:11 reads, “Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday He will return from heaven in the same way you saw Him go!” (NLT). When Jesus rose from the dead, He didn’t discard His humanity. Yes, His resurrected body is unique, but He is still human. In overcoming sin and death, Jesus perfected humanity, elevating it as He ascended into heaven. When we trust in Jesus, He cleanses the humanity in us from the sin that taints it.
Jesus Will Come Again
We celebrate Christmas as a remembrance of Jesus’ arrival into the world. Our understanding of the season must not end there, though, as Christ will come again. What we celebrate is not only in the past but also in the future. In light of this, it is not only a season of celebration but also of preparation. Will you be ready when Jesus returns?
I pray that each of you experiences all of the joy and peace that this season brings. Hold close the mystery and beauty of God’s truth, and devote time to living in the love of those you hold most dear. Celebrate Christ with family and friends, rejoicing in His salvation and preparing for His return.
This blog will return at the dawn of the new year. Thank you to everyone who has made this initial year such a success! I am grateful beyond measure.
May God’s peace reign in your hearts always!