by Amy Crisp, Minister of Education
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father.”
John 1:1, 14
The Christmas season is one of the two holiest seasons in the Church. It is the time in which we celebrate God becoming one of us in the person of Jesus Christ. This is an awesome, though difficult idea to wrap our minds around.
In the Jewish religion, there existed a distinction between holy and unholy, clean and unclean. Even the Temple structure was designed to keep unholiness and uncleaness from tainting the divine presence in the Holy of Holies (the innermost part of the Temple). Such efforts were taken to place distance between our unholiness and the holiness of God.
Why, then, would God decide to become one of us? This is one of the greatest mysteries of the faith, but an important one with which to wrestle. It is clear in the opening chapters of Genesis that we were created to be in relationship, not only with one another but also with God. In our efforts to be in an ongoing relationship with God, we inadvertantly placed greater and greater distances between us and God. We put up barriers, limits, walls between us and God, believing that our presence would defile God.
In order to break down those walls, God took the first step toward us. God took on human form. Becoming one of us, taking on our humanity, God was ultimately able to destroy any barriers and limits that could ever obstruct our relationship to the Creator. The incarnation was truly miraculous and worth celebrating.
So when you gaze upon the face of the tiny baby in the manger, remember that you are looking at the face of God. The face of your Creator and Redeemer who loves you more than anything. Who was willing to make the first move to be in relationship with you.
What are you doing to maintain your relationship with the Triune God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)? We invite you to join us for any of our Christian Education classes, worship services, and ministry opportunities as we work together to be in relationship with God and one another.