“The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14

          One of the things that might get lost about Jesus’ birth is what it means for us on a personal, human level. We get used to the idea the Jesus has come as the saviour of the world to bring peace and redemption so that much of what we associate Christmas with is what God is doing on a grander, cosmic stage - and rightly so. But perhaps what gets lost is an even more foundational question: what does it mean that God entered into humanity?

         The term “incarnation” is a theological term that describes how God took on flesh and became human. Fully God and fully man at the same time. If you look at it from a big picture level, we can say that in his incarnation, Jesus gave us an example of what a perfect, sinless life and a loving, sacrificial death looks like.

          But on a more human level, what does it mean that God became human? First it means that God became like one of us. He became like you and me. Now we can see what God is like, because we see him in Jesus. We can see what makes him happy or angry or sad. We can see how he loved people, how he spoke to people, how he lived his life and the things that were important to him.

         Second, because God became human, we know that he entered into our experience. All of the things we experience - from hunger, suffering, and poverty to joy, gladness and community - are the same things Jesus experienced. He knows our struggles and the challenges we face because he experienced it himself. Because Jesus entered into our human story, he demonstrated solidarity and salvation.

       Christmas reminds us that God came near. May we be reminded of the God who entered into our story and our lives, and who calls us to follow him so that we might live out our faith by willfully and lovingly entering into the stories of others.

        「道成了肉身,住在我們中間,充充滿滿地有恩典有真理。我們也見過祂的榮光,正是父獨生子的榮光。」                         約翰福音一章十四節     






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