At Christmas you should not only celebrate the birth of the Saviour, you should also celebrate the coming of Divinity to earth.
Why did I say so? Because that’s what the first coming of Jesus to the earth represents.
One of the core doctrines in Christianity is the belief that Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Take that away, Christianity will become an empty shell – lacking in substance.
Christmas affords us the privilege of celebrating the birth of Jesus, the Saviour. But we should not forget the fact that God became man in order to save man.
When Jesus was born, He was not only born the Saviour, He brought divinity to humanity.
So in Christianity, we recognise that Jesus is God in the flesh. This is the meaning of what is called the incarnation.
Prophecies foretold it
Jesus is that second person of the Trinity, the Word, who became flesh and dwelt among us.
Actually, Jesus is also called Immauel, meaning God with us.
Long before He was conceived, prophet Isaiah had spoken about the name Jesus would be called and the meaning there-of:
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14 NKJV
The sign that a Saviour would be born was that He would be born by a virgin. A lady who had no intimate relationship with a man would give birth.
That could only happen by the power of God. And Jesus was the fulfillment of that prophecy.
The second person of the Trinity stepped into time and be born on earth as a baby. In order words, the world became flesh.
Jesus confirmed it
Throughout His life on Earth, Jesus never suffered any identity crisis: He knew who He is: God in the flesh.
At one point in Jesus’ ministry, Philip, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us.”
Jesus’ response to him was most unequivocal:
“Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? John 14:8-9.
At Christmas we do not only celebrate the birth of the Saviour, we also celebrate the coming of divinity to earth.
When Jesus was born, He was not only born to be the Saviour, He also brought divinity to humanity. That’s the silent meaning of Christmas some people fail to recognise.
Christmas is meaningless without Jesus at the centre of it. He remains the “reason for the season.” And He is God in the flesh.
If you reject that Jesus is divine, you have rejected the most fundamental teaching of the Christian faith. And if you do that, nothing else you believe really matters in the light of eternity.
What do you say?