Updated: Nov 23, 2017
The birth of Christ, unlike the birth of all humanity, wherewith life begins at conception, Christ's birth was an advent, meaning before His birth, He existed and was expected throughout the ages.
Although He came into this world physically through the event of the nativity. Yet, He came from a preexisting state, on a special mission. The how and why, is incomprehensible to the natural human mind, but the fact is undeniable. He did exist before His birth and yet He was born. (John 8:58)
This we called the incarnation; the act of clothing with flesh. The second meaning of the word incarnation should give us an insight into the reason of His birth and the mission thereof. This meaning of the incarnation is of a medical derivative. It is an operation in a surgical procedure. A process of healing wounds and filling the wound part with new flesh. Humanity is the wound in desperation and Christ is that new flesh from Heaven to heal our wounds of damnation. In Him is life, without Him nothing was made that was made (John 1:3), meaning He is the source of life in the universe.
This is the mystery of God the Creator that He should take on the form of man through the person of Jesus Christ, in order to save and restore humanity. Since the dawn of time, man has had some understanding of the incarnation, God becoming man. It was through the lineage of Adam, a man by the name of Enoch, who saw this revelation of God, and prophesied the advent of Christ (Jude 1:14).
From there onwards, the account had been told and sought after by men from generation to generation, from all walks of life. Twisting the truth and bringing forth legend and myth, throughout many civilizations the legend of the mythical being, the god-man with superior abilities. However, that which they all have in common, is that which Christ distinguishes Himself from the rest. In that their legends portray them as half man and half god, but Christ is fully God and fully man. The image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15).
Through His birth He entered a new state of existence, that of mankind. In this child, lies the wisdom of God.
Being fully man, He shall know our weakness, our failures and our needs. Being fully God, He is our strength when we are weak, our gracious God in times of failure. The provider of all our needs and the only forgiver of sin.
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