Incarnation: Dawn of Hope and Doom

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. -John 1:1-3

In the story of Redemption, the Son of God has always been there. He aided in creating the universe: every shaft of light, every dawn, every midnight. Every gust of wind, every wave of water, every grain of sand are His work. Every man, boy, woman and girl owes their creation to Him.

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. -John 1:14

This Son of God, the One who “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3), embodied Himself as a man. To be fully God and fully man, to be Christ. It is He who will save His people from their sins (Matt. 1:21).

And He opened the book, and found the place where it was written, ‘The spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captive, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the LORD.’ ….And He began to say to them, ‘Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.'” -Luke 4:17-19,21

With the birth of Jesus, salvation is at hand. With Jesus’ death, God’s holiness is satisfied. With Jesus’ resurrection, death holds no power for those that are His. Freedom from the bondage of sin, release from the condemnation of the Law, the love and grace of a heavenly Father are freely given to those who trust in Him.

For of His fulness we have all received, and grace upon grace. -John 1:16

The Incarnation, this “dawn of redeeming grace” should cause great rejoicing amongst Christians. If you have never repented and believed in Christ to forgive you of your sins though, the Incarnation holds a shadow for you. For the babe in a manger is no longer a babe. He sits now at the right hand of His Father in glory. His reign as King has been recognized, and He defeats all his enemies. “For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.” (1 Cor.15:25) He is a righteous and just King, and must punish transgression of His law. Will you accept His satisfaction through Christ, or will you pay eternally on your own for your sins? If you celebrate Christmas, but have not submitted to Christ, you are celebrating your doom. Turn to the Savior today.

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. – 2Peter 3:9

…I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. -John 12:47-8



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