"For Unto us a Child is Born..."

Posted by donna on December 6, 2017

Christmas 2017.jpgRecently, I received an email from a family in our AGC Association.  With great fanfare and accompanying photos, they were announcing the birth of their new child. “It’s a BOY!” read the caption. I can totally relate to the wonderful feeling and excitement of welcoming a newborn son or daughter. The sheer relief, especially when the new life has safely arrived, brings such joy. There is also that sense of future and destiny for this new life and for the family itself. The family is growing, and the future looks brighter.  It is a mystery wrapped up in a reality.

Over two thousand years ago, during some of Israel’s darkest moments, God sent a message to the world announcing, “It’s a BOY!” and the future would never be the same again, because of Jesus. Mary knew in her heart that this little baby, born in Bethlehem, in a stable of all places, was destined to rule the world in love and grace.   What did she see as she looked down into her newborn’s face? She saw God.  Colossians 1:15 begins … “He (Christ Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation.” and then in in verse 19 … For God was pleased to have all His fulness dwell in Him (Jesus the Christ.)”

Recently, I read an article entitled, “The Mystery of the Incarnation … Why God becoming flesh is the paramount teaching of the Christian faith” (Faith Today, Nov 2017), written by Dr. David Guretzki, (VP of the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada.) David wrote about the uniqueness of the incarnation (being in flesh) of God in Jesus. In this article he points out that the use of the word “incarnation” is the most unique of any use of this word.  The incarnation of God, “the Word of God, became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory...” (John 1:14).  This is a profound and glorious mystery!

David goes on to say that we cannot really understand how God became a man, and I fully agree. We are to embrace the mystery and hold firm to it through faith. Yet, we know why God became flesh and we must never let go of this truth, because in it, we have our own personal and corporate destiny.

Paul says in Colossians 1:20 “and through Him (Jesus Christ) to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or in things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.” God entered His own creation, and became a man for the express purpose of recreating complete order out of chaos. God is in Christ reconciling, bringing back to order, breaching the great divide that exists between God and humankind through our own rebellion. By embracing the wonder of the Son of God, we can once more stare into the face of God and proclaim Him our glorious Lord.

Blessings for a wonder-filled Christmas,

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Willem Fietje
President

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