by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
In John’s gospel, in the first chapter, is the very well-known verse, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
In the Old Testament, God dwelt among the people in the Tabernacle. The Israelites saw the glory of God in the pillar of fire at night and in the cloud above the Tabernacle in the daytime.
With the birth of Jesus, God again “tabernacled” (that is the literal translation) among His people. His name, Emmanuel, means “God is with us.” There is no other religion where the god takes on human flesh, lives on earth interacting with people, dies, rises again, and ascends to heaven in a body of flesh to intercede on our behalf eternally!
Advent and Christmas is so much more than simply celebrating the birthday of Jesus. The Nativity of Christ is a most significant step in God’s marvelous plan to redeem all of the created order.
When you tell the Christmas story, be sure to tell the whole story.