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 bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.
// John 1:14-18
As we spend this day with loved ones, sharing gifts, food and memories, we should also take a moment to think of the gift God gave to the whole world, and thank Him for what it means. God’s greatest gift to us came wrapped in flesh and innocence, sparkling with promise and prophecy, given away as a ransom to a people that would despise and reject Him, all for the sake of saving a wayward world.
But it doesn’t stop at salvation. Salvation is not an event but an ongoing, growing reality. And what salvation gives us – what Jesus is inside of us – is the key to how He saves us, and how, through us, He continues to save the world.
The miracle of Christmas is the miracle of the Incarnation. We have celebrated this Incarnation through the term Advent – a coming into being – but it is not only Jesus’ incarnation that Advent points to, or that the Scriptures reveal to us in the Gospels. His Advent is our own; His glorious Incarnation is our own. When we trust in Him for salvation, it is not a one-off event but the beginning of a whole new life – an incarnate life lived out daily. He incarnates Himself in us and we, by faith, live His life daily here on earth. We get to display His innocence, His purity, His childlike faith, His unfailing love, His unbroken trust, His relentless hope – we do this every day when we choose to let His incarnate life shine through our lives.
When we trust Him daily, and as we continue to become more like Him, we show the world that the miracle of His incarnation was not a one-time event that occurred 2,000 years ago, but it’s an ongoing experience for the whole world. Every day, everywhere, the Incarnation continues to unfold. Every part of the world is under the growing influence of the miracle of the Incarnation, as more people give their lives to Jesus and more people become more like Him.
Every day, everywhere, the Word is continuing to become flesh, continuing to dwell among us. The Incarnation has no end!
Everywhere we go, Jesus is incarnating Himself and living out His life on earth. Daniel saw this miracle as a little pebble that grew into a mountain and filled the whole earth. Each of us are but a pebble of that mountain, the mountain of His life and faith in us, growing to fill the earth and bring His message to all: “Peace on earth, good will to all, for with all He is well pleased.”