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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Jesus: God Incarnate

December 6

(John 1:1 NIV)  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

(John 5:18 NIV) “For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.”

(John 10:30 NIV) “I and the Father are one.”

(John 14:9 NIV) ““Jesus answered: “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father.””

As we warm ourselves in nostalgia, family, and friends this Christmas, let’s take some time to meditate on the significance of the event. John’s Nativity story is unique. Rather than simple narrative, it is wrapped in the poetic and saturated with theological truth. First truth: Jesus is God. Along with the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus is God the Son. Christ, who is “the Word” in the first verse of John’s gospel, was God incarnate. God became man and was born a baby. Jesus is God in the flesh. Jesus and God are one and the same. This is the doctrine of the Trinity. God is one, but is also three. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit comprise one God. This is a crucial concept to our salvation. Only God could pay the price for the sin of the world. If Jesus is not God, his birth, death, and resurrection are merely symbolic, and Christmas really is just about nostalgia, family and friends. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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