The Incarnation of God

And the angel said to her, “The holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:35). Permit me to ask you two questions. Could anything else be written about the birth of Jesus Christ that would enhance the story? Is there anything that I could possibly add?  I invite you to read more.

The quick, simple, and emphatic answer to those questions is no! No words could possibly make the story of the incarnate birth of God, born to a virgin, in a lowly stable, on a beautiful star filled night in Bethlehem, long ago, more spectacular!

Anyone with a smidgen of biological knowledge knows that virgins do not give birth. Yet, we also know that the Jewish people had long waited for their Messiah and Isaiah had prophesied a virgin birth. He said the one born to this virgin was to be named Emmanuel. Then after about 700 years, his prophecy was fulfilled on that first Christmas night. The unimaginable happened. A child was born of a virgin, and not just any child, this child was the Son of God.

The word incarnate is derived from the Latin word incarnatio which means, to make flesh. The Son of God assumed our flesh, body, and soul, and dwelled among us. He became man to redeem us. The divine nature of God was joined with human nature. Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, was born. Jesus came to repair the breach between God and man caused by the sin of Adam and Eve.

We hear the story of Christ’s birth every Christmas and every Christian proclaims the truth of His virgin birth. Yet, I often wonder if we are adequately blown away, astonished and amazed by this truly incomprehensible story.

In these last few remaining days of Advent,  I encourage you to go outside on a clear starry night to ponder the enormity of the universe. Take a moment to reflect on the great natural wonders of our earth. Contemplate the miracle of life itself.

With those thoughts in mind, turn your attention to this. God loved us so much that He, the Author of Life, the Creator of the universe, the One who set time and space in motion, chose to become like us in all things except sin. He did this to save us from our sins, so that we could spend eternity with Him in paradise. This spectacular event is what we are about to celebrate.

A young virgin gave birth to The Holy One, Emmanuel, The Son of God, The Prince of Peace, and The Savior of the World. As we scurry around buying our last few Christmas gifts, caught up in the busyness of the season, and as we gather with friends and family during these next few days, let’s not allow the magnitude of this miraculous event to escape us.

This tiny little baby boy would grow up and one day go on to:

Fulfill the Old Testament prophecies

Change water into wine

Give sight to the blind

Restore hearing to the deaf

Heal the crippled

Allow the dumb to speak

Cure the lepers

Raise the dead

Become the Bread of Life

Be crucified for the sins of the world

Rise from death on the third day

Become the King of Kings and Ruler of the World

Grant eternal life to all who believe in Him.

No dear friends, there is nothing else I, or anyone, could write that could possibly add to the story of Christ’s wonderous birth. In just a few days it will be time once again to sit in awe of His miraculous incarnation. As we gather on Christmas day for food, presents, joy and laughter and memories of Christmases gone by, let’s make time to remember the amazing event we are gathered for; namely, the incarnation of our Lord and Savior.

Heavenly Father, help me to never lose site of the shear miraculous wonder of that very first Christmas night. It was the night that your love for mankind was on glorious display. It was the night of our dear Savior’s birth. Thank you Father for the gift of your Son. Amen!

AMDG

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18 Comments

  1. Cathy (Currier) Volk on December 21, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    Thanks for the eloquent reminder to contemplate the birth of our dear Lord, “The Reason for the Season”. When things aren’t going as well or as planned, it is good to remember that the Holy Family experienced real challenges on that first Christmas. We do well to model their trust in God.
    Please keep our mutual friend Yvonne Beyers in your prayers as she recovers from emergency open heart surgery. Her Christmas will likely be spent in the hospital this year. She is getting stronger with each new day, thanks be to God and His providential care. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻
    Sending wishes for a blessed and very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 7:54 pm

      Cathy

      It is so good to hear from you, although sadly in a message of difficult circumstances. Thank you for telling me about Yvonne. I assure you of my prayers for Yvonne. If you will be seeing her please tell her I said hello. My wife and I will be praying for her in our evening prayers. I hope you are doing well. I also hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Christ-filled blessed new year.

      Brian

  2. Janice Dixon on December 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    May God’s blessings be with you now and forever!

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 6:26 pm

      Janice

      Thank you. Merry Christmas to you and your family as well.

      Brian

  3. Jim Nolan on December 21, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to you and your family.

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      Jim

      Merry Christmas to you as well.

      Brian

  4. Jeanne Weiss on December 21, 2021 at 10:43 am

    Have a Blessed Christmas Brian

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 6:28 pm

      Jeanne

      I hope you have a blessed Christmas as well.

      Brian

  5. Doug Blocksom on December 21, 2021 at 9:01 am

    Amen Brother! Merry Christmas to you, Mary Beth and the family… Stay safe and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    Our love,
    Doug and Susan

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 9:10 am

      Doug and Susan

      May Go’s blessings be with you too. Merry Christmas!

      Brian

    • Mary Keough-Anderson on December 21, 2021 at 10:09 am

      Beautiful reflection; Merry Christmas and peace be with you Brian.

  6. Doug Miller on December 21, 2021 at 5:24 am

    Merry Christmas Brian!!

  7. Carol Altenburger on December 21, 2021 at 2:09 am

    Beautiful Brian, Thank you. Carol

    • Pat Kuech on December 21, 2021 at 6:24 am

      Beautifully said! We look forward to your weekly letters.
      Hope you and MaryBeth have a wonderful Christmas with your family!

      Blessings,
      Pat & John

      • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 6:36 am

        Pat and John

        Thank you for your kind words. I hope you have a Merry Christmas.

        Brian

    • Brian Pusateri on December 21, 2021 at 6:37 am

      Merry Christmas Carol. Thank you for your kind words!

      Brian

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