In-Sight: Christ’s Incarnation

     Today is Christmas Day.  We receive the angel’s declaration that the Savior is born (Luke 2:11).  Like Mary and Joseph, it took angels to convince the shepherds that they were not hallucinating.  And like Mary and Joseph, it was a revelation of a more-than-human birth–the birth of “Christ, the Lord.”
     As much as we admire baby Jesus, we would not be celebrating and reverencing this day because of him.  Parents continue to name babies Jesus, but history is not calculated in relation to them.  It is “Christ” born who makes today what it is.
     Christmas is our annual invitation to go to Bethlehem to see a baby, but through the babe to experience the Christ.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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