Christmas is nearly here. What an amazing time of year. In my country there is the ongoing debate about what it's all about, but at the core this is a time when the Christian world remembers the incarnation, the birth of God the son on planet earth. It's a big deal to us because we believe that in this birth more than 2,000 years ago God demonstrated his love for us by becoming one of us. God became man.
In the short 33 years that followed that event, whether it actually happened at Christmas or another date, God revealed himself through Jesus' life. He spoke, he smiled, he loved, he cared and then finally he died. But the death wasn't the end....it was only the beginning.
From this breach in time, when God entered human history, nothing has been the same. In Jesus' life and death we find out that God loves us, that he really cares about us. We see and know what God is like because Jesus IS God. He reveals the heart of God to us.
Why is the incarnation (Christmas) so important to us? Because in this remeberance of the birth of a baby in a remote part of Israel more than 2,000 years ago we all discover the God who made us. We discover his love. We see in Jesus the answer to all our questions.
In this amazing event of the birth of Jesus we hear God declaring to the world, "I love you and I want you to know me." I hope you do.