And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.
The story of Christ’s birth is nothing short of remarkable. From the fulfillment of prophecy to the virgin birth, the journey to Bethlehem, and the escape from Herod, the accounts given in the gospels are truly incredible! But even beyond the wise men traveling from the East and the host of angels appearing to the shepherds, something amazing had happened. Something mankind had never experienced before. The Living God, the Creator of the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords, took on humanity – coming to live among men as a human being.
During His time on Earth, the Lord Jesus was a person just like you and me. He grew up in the small town of Nazareth, an isolated village. As a child He lived in obedience to His parents, Joseph and Mary, just like we obey our parents while we live in their home. And, like you and me, the Lord had a physical body with physical needs. He grew hungry. After fasting in the desert for 40 days, Satan tempted the Lord to turn the stones into bread to satisfy His hunger. He even grew tired. While the disciples feared for their lives aboard a ship near capsizing in a storm on the Sea of Galilee, the Lord was sleeping in the stern. But above all these things, as a person, Jesus was tempted in every way that we are. However, unlike us, He was without sin. Although He was found in human form, the Lord Jesus was obedient to the Father, even to death.
Christ came into this world as a man so that His body could be broken to satisfy God’s wrath, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. It is amazing that God the Son came into this world as a baby. What is even more amazing is that He loved us so much that He became a human to be the one perfect sacrifice to make us holy. We should be so thankful that, on that day 2000 years ago, the Word became flesh. The Lord of all creation came to Earth as a human being to take our place and pay the debt that we owed.