What Child is This?

The sublime truth of the Incarnation, of Jesus Christ’s humble birth as a baby is of utmost importance at Christmas.

In the larger cultural sense, the baby Jesus is a benign, safe, and religiously sentimental symbol conveying a warm feeling one can easily dismiss. In this view, Jesus forever stays a baby, yet He did not stay this way.

The implications of Christmas, though full of wonderful hope, bear a sobering reminder. Why did Christ come? Scripture makes it plain Jesus was not born, nor did He live, merely to inspire others. He came to save us from our sin. The hope is not abstract, not mere emotion. The purpose is redemption for our rebellion against almighty God.

This same Jesus-born of the virgin Mary, born in time, space, and history-became a man, lived a perfect life, suffered and died for our sin, and rose again from the dead. This same Jesus is the Lord of glory, reigning in power at the right hand of God. He is the lord of powerful and holy majesty, before whom every knee will bow.

Jesus stepped out of eternity and humbled Himself to be born a baby while remaining divine. He is the same Jesus John the apostle fell as dead before, in his vision of Christ’s glory written about in the book of Revelation.

God is holy, yet He gave us everything. He gave the undeserving His only Son. What astounding grace.

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Hebrews 1:3.

Which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:20-23.

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