In Jn 1:1, 14, God has revealed astonishing biblical and theological concepts concerning the Lord Jesus Christ:
- The Word has a separate identify from God.
- The Word was with God. So they are separate.
- The Word and God are the same. "The Word was God." So they are identical.
- The Word is the Creator. "He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made" (v.2-3).
- The Word is life. "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" (v.4). He is the source of every living thing. It seems obvious the Word is God.
Verse 13 explains more: "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." This verse plainly tells us that, at the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, God became a man. That event is revolutionary. It is astounding. It is supernatural. It is what we call the Incarnation. God, who is a spirit no one can see, took on Himself a human nature-including a human body-and came to Earth and lived among us.
The phrase "dwelt among us" literally means "pitched His tent among us." This is obviously John's reference to the Jewish Tabernacle in the wilderness, the portable tent where God chose to reveal Himself to the people of Israel. Jesus did the same thing through His birth. He "pitched His tent" among us, so He could reveal to us truth about God that we would not otherwise know.
The message of Christmas is Immanuel: "God with us." God came to us because we could never find our way to Him. And He did so by sending His Son to Earth.
Christmas is all about God's grace. It's about what God has done for us that we could never have done for ourselves.
Christmas is also about God's humility. We can't begin to fathom what took place when the all-glorious, all-powerful, perfect, majestic, sovereign, eternal God of the ages allowed Himself to take on the weaknesses, limitations, and frailties of our humanity.
Jesus was not a phantom. He was not an angel. He was not a mystical, ghostlike figure. While on Earth, He was not God sometimes and man at other times. He was not part God and part man. He was fully and completely God at all times while on Earth, yet fully and completely a genuine human being. That's the mystery of the Incarnation.
Christmas revolves around the supernatural. And it we reduce this celebration to an ordinary holiday that involves nothing more than giving each other gifts, we miss the greatest gift ever given: the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.