Imagine for a moment that you have the family of your dreams, the house of your dreams, the car of your dreams, the career of your dreams—the life of your dreams. Everything is perfect. There’s no strife, no stress, and no strain. Things are exactly as they should be, and as you hoped they would be. Now, snap out of that insane daydream.
Imagine that’s all gone. Imagine that, in an instant, you stepped out of that place into the nightmare of a life that’s exactly the opposite. Every day is a struggle. Everything around you has broken, is broken, or is breaking. If you look around, that’s probably a little closer to the reality you face every day.
Jesus did just this—He stepped out of the riches of heaven and into the poverty of earth. We can probably imagine the stark difference in the picture I painted above. But what we can’t imagine is wanting to step out of heaven and into earth. The scenario above sounds like a nightmare. If anything, we’re dying to get from earth to heaven!
Praise God for Jesus, the Word become flesh. God Himself took on flesh, coming to us on an über-mission trip from heaven to earth. He did so not out of frustration or with hesitancy, but with joy, even as He faced the torture of the cross (Hebrews 12:2).
The same Word who spoke the world into existence and set the lights in the sky (Genesis 1) is the same Word that brought His own light into our darkness (John 1:1-14). It’s nearly impossible to wrap our minds around someone wanting to step into our darkness, but that’s exactly what Jesus did. In love, the eternal Son of God, by whom all things were made and through whom all things hold together, took His first breath in Bethlehem and His last in Jerusalem (John 3:16; Colossians 1:15-17).
As we reflect on the recent Christmas season, may we not forget the simple but extravagant love of God displayed in the incarnation of His Son. May we never move on from the profound truth that God became a man, living the life we should have lived and dying the death we deserve. The Word became flesh and dwelled among us, dying a gruesome death and rising again to defeat it. Because of this, one day our flesh will rise again so we can dwell with Him forever.
Written By Brandon D. Smith