When we celebrate Advent, we are celebrating Jesus coming to earth. That is, we are remembering that Jesus came to a place. John 1:1 reminds us that Christ was there in the beginning. He was present when all of creation was taking place. Not only was He, the Word, with God; He was and is God. Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune God. That it is why the truth of John 1:14 is so amazing, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. That, indeed, is the story of Christmas. The God who made us is the God who came to save us by being with us (Matthew 1:23). Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, came to earth to go to a place where we deserved, the cross. We deserved the separation from the Father because of our sinfulness. Yet, we see Jesus Christ as the God-man who was and is full of grace and truth (1:14). He is the true light of the world who has come into the world (1:9). Let’s understand the importance of place here: Jesus came to the place known as earth to live a sinless life because we couldn’t. Jesus went to the place of the cross to die the death we rightfully deserved. Jesus Christ now reigns in the place of heaven beside His Father (Philippians 2:9-11) and will one day rule with His people in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1-4). Case in point, when we open our eyes to Jesus’ coming to earth, we see how important place is. It does not end there, however. We are called to give a response. If we will receive this message of His coming and believe He has went to prepare a place for us (John 14:1-3), then we have the awesome privilege to become the “children of God” (1:12). This is not because of anything we have done but because Christ gave up His life on the cross for our sins and has risen again so that we can be saved by His sacrifice and substitute. Won’t you receive this, the greatest gift, this Christmas?
- Take time in prayer this week and show your thankfulness to God for His coming, giving, and loving through the message of the gospel.