John 1:14 ¶ And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
To me, Christmas is a celebration of the greatest of all miracles. The Creator Himself entered
creation as a creature. The One who has existed before time and created time entered into this realm of time. The One who is all powerful and all knowing humbled and limited Himself with human limitations. God became a man; absolutely unthinkable. No matter how many times I’ve read about it, heard it preached, and sang about it; the story of the virgin birth of the One who created virgins is shocking. The humanity of God humbles me. How could One so unlimited identify with me? His love is measureless and is the very heartbeat of our Christmas celebration. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on the humanity of Jesus from today’s verse.
“This expresses Christ’s incarnation more clearly than what went before. By his divine presence he always was in the world, and by his prophets he came to his own. But now that the fulness of time was come he was sent forth after another manner, made of a woman… He was made flesh, the meanest part of man. Flesh bespeaks man weak, and he was crucified through weakness. Flesh bespeaks man mortal and dying, and Christ was put to death in the flesh. Nay, flesh bespeaks man tainted with sin, and Christ, though he was perfectly holy and harmless, yet appeared in the likeness of sinful flesh, and was made sin for us…Wonder at this, that the eternal Word should be made flesh, when flesh was come into such an ill name; that he who made all things should himself be made flesh, one of the meanest things, and submit to that from which he was at the greatest distance.”
Power cloaked in weakness, sovereignty clothed in resignation, wisdom cloaked in the limited knowledge of an infant; the humanity of Christ is quite impossible to fathom. He held Mary in His arms as she nursed Him, He provided for Joseph as Joseph provided for Him, He protected Joseph as Joseph protected Him, He taught his parents as they taught Him. He was here in His humanity ruling the universe in His deity. Great is the mystery of God, Grant is the mystery of Christmas.