The Very First Christmas

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” ~ John 1:14

When Daniel was a captive in Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar the king had a dream.  He demanded that the wise men of his court not only tell him the “interpretation” of the dream but the dream itself!  How else would he know if they truly had access to “the divine”?  His courtiers recoiled at the very idea: “It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” ~ Daniel 2:11) ~

Therein lies the human dilemma: We are “here” and God is “there.”  While God dwelt with man in the Holy of Holies, He was not “with flesh.”  It was not until the first Christmas that God “became flesh and dwelt among us” so that we might know Him and behold God’s glory.  At the first Christmas, the gap between God and man was bridged in a way never before imagined in history – God became a man!  Jesus of Nazareth came to live a life acceptable to God so that we could be forgiven for our unacceptable (sinful) lives.

As you celebrate Christmas this year, don’t lose sight of what Christmas means: God became man and dwelt among us.  Not just in spirit, but in bodily form so that humanity and deity might be reunited forever through faith in Him.

~Dr. David Jeremiah~

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