Christmas and Knowing God

Christmas is allegedly the day we remember that God became flesh and dwelt among us.

There are many reasons why Christ came, perhaps there is one that doesn’t get as much play as it should. It will no doubt show up in a theological explanation of the incarnation, and would probably also be one those things people wouldn’t say if they tried to explain why Christ came but when they heard it would say, “Oh, well, yeah, that’s what I was trying to say.”

Here it is:

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.”

One of the reasons Christ came, that God became flesh, was to give us an understanding who the invisible God, whom no man has seen, is like!

God tells people in the Old Testament that they can’t handle seeing Him. Moses received much instruction on this, including the placing of a veil on his face to be in God’s presence.

If we finite, tiny, little humans ever saw the eternal God, we’d just go ahead and melt. Moses had to hide in the rocks just to glimpse His “back parts.” God makes the point clear when He says, “Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live.”

We can’t handle seeing God. In order for God to be seen, to truly know who He is, He had to limit Himself. So, with great humility, He took the form of a servant and was made like us.

Jesus spoke to other human beings and told them, “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.”

“I and the Father are one.” Jesus Christ reveals God. Jesus Christ is a view of God we can handle, one that won’t kill us on the spot.

There is deep humility here, a humility we could never understand. We don’t think being human is so bad, what’s the big deal? It’s a huge deal for the eternal, omnipotent God to be made like us. The eternal Spirit to reside in a body of dirt.

It’s truly incredible. It’s a glimpse of God, Him that is true. This is the true God and eternal life. If you don’t want Christ, you truly don’t want eternal life. Christ is the representation of eternal life.

Wow, there’s stuff there. No, we don’t live in the time when Christ’s physical body walked the earth, but we have four records of that time. Get to know your God and lay hold of eternal life.

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