God throughout history has issued many commands. He has demanded obedience, worship, faith, and fear. But on this night He commands men to rejoice! He tells us to give Him glory. In the silence of a field populated by sheep and shepherds God sends His angels to proclaim the greatest announcement — EVER!
God became a man! The eternal became time-bound, the perfect became like us. Not like the rich and powerful, but like the poor and the lonely. He was born in a barn. Not a clean, neat, picturesque Norman Rockwell-like barn, but a filthy, smelly, manure filled place where animals live.
And He was BORN. The sovereign King of all the universe had His umbilical chord cut and His diapers changed. He learned to walk and talk. He fell and scraped His knees. He who had never felt pain or discomfort came to know and take on all of ours. And when He was born he was put in an animal’s feeding trough.
He was frail, and weak. He was a baby. He who had spoken galaxies into existence now had to cry to be fed. The one who designed the seasons now suffered from the heat and the cold.
The one who had eternally existed in the glory of the throne room now shared space with sheep and oxen.
There had never been a stranger event in all of History. God had become a man. So when the angels said rejoice they were not talking about a simple minute of awe and wonder. The angels were talking about a new and incredible event that would forever cause men everywhere to sing! The angels announced the birth of the Son of God. And His birth is what we still celebrate.
God became flesh. God came to be with us so that we might one day be able to be with Him.
Word of God become flesh. God with us, Emmanuel!
He also became sin for us that we might become His righteousness. It was not just the birth of God incarnate the angels announced. It was the birth of a Savior!
So as you worship the Christ today remember He is not a babe in a manger. He is the King of Glory come to redeem us from sin. He is God in the flesh. He is the Messiah. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. He is the Wonderful Counselor, and the Prince of Peace. He is our propitiation, and our atoning sacrifice. He is Jesus!
Glory to God in the Highest!