A Child Will Be Born

Nativity_Scenes004Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:6
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

A child born, not a son born. The Son is pre-existent, the I AM, and did not come into being that day when Mary gave birth. God gave us His Son. He left heaven, emptied Himself, took the form of a bondservant, and was found in the likeness of Man.

He who fashioned Man in His image, took the likeness of the one He had fashioned. And as a child, He was born–the humble relinquishing of His place at the right hand of the Father in order to secure for us a place at His heavenly banquet table.

What does Christmas mean to you, one Facebook friend asked. I was stymied for something short enough to fit into a comment, but now the short version seems clear: Christmas is God come down.

Published in: on December 24, 2012 at 5:42 pm  Comments (1)  
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  1. Becky,

    I struggled with the same issue–how do I distill this profoundly important thing, we call “incarnation?” It is the only Way that the Lord could bridge the gap, between the Holy and the unholy, yetit seems utterly impossible, that the Holy should dwell with the unholy! Here is my response, written for children:
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    I don’t know if that will come through, or not, so here are some of the lyrics to the song:

    When God came to earth, He became a man. When God left the earth, He left God with man! What a Present! How Holy! He left God with man. Hallelujah, hallelujah! He left God with man!


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