The smell of fresh pine, Christmas carols, freshly baked cookies and Christmas lights are a few of the things I love about this time of year. From the end of November we are ushered into the most intentional season of the year. Whether it is celebrating with loved ones, wrapping gifts or simply preparing for the New Year, we grow in thoughtfulness at this time.
Evidently as Christians this is the time we celebrate the coming of our Savior into the world. It is the time when we remember the Son of God made flesh to bring us back into fellowship with His Father, our God and Creator. The communion that Christ came to achieve was something only two people experienced. After the first sin was committed by both Adam and Eve, humanity plunged into a lack of communion with God.
Long before that, our loving heavenly Father already had a plan to redeem His creation. While much of our attention at this time of year is on the manger, the plan for redemption began in the beginning…long before the manger.
I read Colossians 1 earlier this week, and as I read verse 15, I was reminded of the eternal nature of the Lord whose birth we are preparing to celebrate.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. Colossians 1:15
Clearly, Jesus did not originate in the manger. To find His beginning, we must go to the beginning…and there we learn that Jesus always was.
The Lord Jesus who we celebrate was more than a helpless babe. Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God.
God has throughout history revealed Himself by the works of His Hands and through Scripture. In Christ, He revealed Himself in the flesh.
He who is the Son of God became flesh and He was the image of the Father whom we have not seen. In His person, Jesus brought God to us, to live among us, to help and teach us, to break bread with us, to walk the path of humility and righteousness, to face the punishment that we deserved, to become the first person resurrected to eternal life, and to present us to His Father holy and blameless.
The baby in the manger was a physical representation of the God who loves us immensely. He who was the firstborn over all creation and existed long before Adam and the first sin was now born of a woman, wrapped in cloth and surrounded by sin.
And in that manger laid our salvation, the hope for redemption for all mankind. In that newborn baby was the image of love, salvation, justification, and glorification. In that manger laid He who possessed all wisdom and all power. He who by His shed blood would forever destroy sin and death. Our heavenly Father sent us His eternal Son in the form of a newborn baby to bring the opportunity to live eternally to us all.
This Christmas season I hope you will celebrate the King of Kings, the One who has lived forever and through whom our salvation has been sealed.
When you listen to the songs and read the story, I hope you will remember that this is only a part of the narrative; the fulfillment of a promise that God made long ago to send the only One whose blood was sufficient to redeem us from sin and death once and for all. The eternal beginning to Christmas.