And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 ESV)
December is here and if you are like me you are probably wondering where 2015 went. If you are anything like me you are also gearing up to celebrate Christmas. This time of year is so busy for most of us that we need time to recover physically and sometimes even financially. We get so wrapped up in the material aspects of the season that we often lose sight of the wonder and miracle of the child whose birth we celebrate.
The Council of Chalcedon held in 451 A.D. concluded that Jesus was one person with two natures. They expressed their conviction in the Bible’s teaching that Jesus was fully human as well as fully God. This Council was the fourth meeting of many church leaders starting in 325 A.D. who assembled specifically to answer particular false teachings about the person of Christ. One of the most important observations about this definition of the incarnation of Christ is that it does nothing to take away the mystery of the fact that the Word became flesh. This mystery creates a sense of awe in the believer.
I encourage you to spend time mediating on the miracle described by the apostle John as the Word becoming flesh. Drink deep from this wondrous wellspring of grace and mercy demonstrated in the most tender and precious gift. Marvel at the child born to be the Savior. He is the fulfillment of so many promises and the hope of all who yearn for true righteousness and eternal life. He is truly the most precious gift ever given.
With brotherly affection,