The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1:14 (NIV)
One of the most amazing mysteries that we believe by faith is that Jesus, the same vulnerable infant who slept in a manger, was also the same one who would grow up to save us all in the ultimate expression of agape (sacrificial) love.
I wonder what it would’ve been like to have received news that our Lord and Savior had become flesh and lived and walked among us!
When I look at a nativity scene, with the baby Jesus swaddled in the manger, I think of how the circumstances surrounding His birth–a pregnant girl to be married to a man who wasn’t the father; the trek to Bethlehem; the lack of a place to stay; putting a newborn child in an animal feeding receptacle–all vanished upon gazing on God in the flesh. To see the omnipotent One in the most vulnerable form of all.
To read about the birth of our Savior, and to know why He did, warms our hearts beyond anything or anyone of this earth. This is not just any child, but the One who loved us so that He would one day die for us. The One who loves us beyond comprehension. This child is Christ the King.
Michael W. Smith and Martina McBride sing, “What Child Is This,” celebrating the amazing Christ child.