Why does the story in Luke 2 evoke such a sense of joy, awe, and wonder in the hearts of humanity? Is it that society has over-dramatized the birth of a famous religious leader? Has culture simply sentimentalized the nativity? Is it that the human heart really longs for something more meaningful in the midst of gross materialism?
But what if the birth of Jesus serves to remind humans of both the eternal dilemma we face and the answer that God has for it?The birth of Jesus serves to remind humans of both the eternal dilemma we face and the answer that God has for it. Click To TweetFrom the time of Adam’s rebellion, the human race has been under the weight of guilt and the condemnation of sin (Romans 5:12). And human history is a record of humanity’s attempt to do something to free himself from the feelings of guilt and the sense of condemnation. The harsh reality is that nothing we try as humans really frees us from the condition we all know deep down to be real.
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. (Galatians 4:4-5)
This is why there is joy, awe, and wonder! Humanity in someway recognizes that this is not just the birth of any ordinary child.
- God sent forth His Son – this points to the divinity of Jesus and His pre-existence as God (John 1:1-2).
- Born of a woman – this points the reality that God did take on human flesh (Philippians 2:6-8)
This is why Charles Wesley’s Christmas hymn is so profound:
Veiled in flesh the God-head see
Hail the incarnate deity
Pleased with men as man to dwell
Jesus our Emmanuel
This is why we rejoice! This is why there is awe and wonder!
To die in the place of sinners, He had to be sinless, or else another would have to offer a sacrifice for Him. But to be sinless, He had to be God. But to die as a substitute for man, He had to be man. This is why there is salvation in none other but JESUS. He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6).
Commercialism, sentimentalism, and the holiday spirit can go on without it, but our hope for eternity stands or falls on this issue – that God Himself has taken on flesh and invaded this world to deal with the eternal dilemma that all humanity faces. And the joy, awe, and wonder at the birth of Christ must move us to turn from our sin and embrace Jesus as our only hope of forgiveness and new life.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name. (John 1:12)