I’ve been struggling…well, maybe struggling isn’t the right word.
I don’t know. It doesn’t matter.
What does matter is that I’ve had a tough time coming up with what to write regarding Christmas this year. I know that it’s typical for us to explore the birth of Jesus and the supernatural happenings that surrounded His birth, such as the angels and the star and the virgin birth…
And that’s okay. It is, after all, what Christmas is all about. And so many people and churches are exploring that more and more as Christmas comes closer each day, with, as of the writing of this post, it being on 3 days away.
But I wanted to explore a different side of Christmas that, in my opinion, is just as important.
In John’s first letter to the scattered church, John explores the idea of testing spirits/prophets when they come, especially those who claim to be sent by God.
John tells them to not believe every spirit, because of the plethora of false prophets in the world. He tells them that this is the key test to really know if they are from God:
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.” (1 John 4:2-3; KJV)
Why is this important? Why is it necessary for the prophet to confess that Jesus has come in the flesh? Because without Jesus coming in the flesh, then there was no crucifixion, there was no resurrection, there was no ascension, and there is no eternal life.
If Jesus was spirit only, and a very solid spirit at that (eating, drinking, walking, touching), then He never actually died. It was an illusion.
This, Church, is what Christmas is all about. It is about the miracle of the Christ, the Son of the Living God, becoming flesh. Not the Spirit of the Son inhabiting someone’s body for a brief period of time, but the Son truly taking on flesh, actually having hands and feet, eyes and ears, a beating heart, flesh and blood, an appetite, desires, needs, just like us.
That is what Christmas is all about.
Jesus, the Word, the Son of God Most High, became flesh.