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The wonder of his presence

December 23, 2009

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means, God with us)."

--Matthew 1:23

In the Old Testament, God revealed himself in both the tabernacle and the temple. Man waited on God to show up at specific, sovereign times. God moved in certain ways at certain times among certain people.

But with the birth of Emmanuel, that changed forever. God became personally and permanently with us. And what a miraculous advent it was and remains.

Jesus was born of a virgin, which was a sign of his deity. He was not a product of man, but was the holy son of God. Yet he was both fully human and fully divine, both God and man. Not half God and half man, but God-Man.

Now you may be tempted to ask, "How can this be?" Well, in the natural, it is impossible! But with God, all things are possible.

The apostle Paul wrote, "Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He [God] was manifested in the flesh" (1 Timothy 3:16). You see, Paul never lost his wonder over God becoming flesh, and neither should we.

At Christmas, we celebrate this remarkable move by God—the infinite becoming an infant. The eternal God stepped into a baby's flesh and became a man. And he lived in complete humanity so that he could know our sufferings as well as our joys.
Rejoice in the glorious, impossible gift of Christmas that God is with you! 


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