For most people, Christmas is the remembrance that Jesus Christ was born for us. It is a time when we celebrate that God gave us a Savior to save humanity from sin. Many celebrate the values that are associated with this festive season such as joy, love, hope, generosity, peace and many great values but forget the reason behind the season.
In today’s devotion, I will like us to see Christmas as a time when we celebrate that, God became like us. In the gospel according to St. John says:
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
In this Bible verse, the Apostle John draws his readers’ attention to the truth that Jesus Christ is God who became a man. This truth is very important for believers because it allows us to identify our lives with Jesus Christ.
This scripture stands out for me in this season, especially because, it allows me to know that Jesus Christ knows what it means to be human. Although God created humanity, God still found it necessary to become like us in order to save us. In the old testament, it depicts stories and events of how humans struggled to understand and abide in the ways and will of God. God used judges, prophets, Kings and even divine encounters through divine beings to help His people to draw unto Him and abide in Him. All these efforts never seem to yield the expected results, the hearts of men became more hardened in their wicked ways.
Something had to be done to deliver humanity from this darkness into light. We needed a Savior who will come and break the yoke of sin that kept us bound in our wicked ways. It took God to become human (i.e. like us) in order to set us free from the hold of sin.
The Word Become Flesh
Jesus Christ became flesh, born of a woman, grew up into a full adult, endured the hardships and struggles of humanity that we may be able to identify with Him.
Jesus Christ dealt with temptations, rejections, betrayal, pain and all the things we encounter in our lives.
My dear Beloved, this Christmas, I pray that as you think about the birth of Christ, you also are reminded that God became a human like you and me. There is no greater advocate than one who can identify with their client’s situation. Jesus Christ is our greatest advocate, in Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
O precious one of God, please put your trust in Him who knows and is with you in all things. God knows your weakness, your sufferring, your insufficiences and even your abilities. The Word became flesh that the flesh can be revived in the Word.
It is my prayer that the good Lord continue to keep us and guide us to grow in Him as we soak in His word. Jesus loves you dearly, stay blessed ❤