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The Word became Flesh

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Dear Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to Sunday.
In my opinion, the most amazing event in all of history occurred at Christmas when the eternal second person of the Godhead, at a point in time became a man, assuming human flesh all the while never ceasing to be God. John in the opening of his gospel put it this way: "The Word became flesh" (John 1:14). In the totality of human nature: true body, soul, spirit, will, and emotions, the Word became flesh. That means that two distinct natures (divine and human) are united in one person: Jesus. And this is absolutely mind-blowing: When the Word once became flesh he became flesh forever. After his earthly life, death, and resurrection, Jesus did not divest himself of the flesh or cease to be a man. He is a man even now at the right hand of God the Father. He is also God. He will always be the God-man. 
Take a deep breath and ponder what this means. Don't dismiss it as theological speculation. This is a truth on which your eternal destiny hangs suspended. The Word became flesh.
God became human:
the invisible became visible!
the untouchable became touchable!
eternal life experienced temporal death!
the transcendent one descended and drew near!
the unlimited became limited!
the infinite became finite!
the immutable became mutable!
the unbreakable became fragile!
spirit became matter!
eternity entered time!
the independent became dependent!
the almighty became weak!
the loved became the hated!
the exalted was humbled!
glory was subjected to shame!
fame turned into obscurity!
from inexpressible joy to tears of unimaginable grief!
from a throne to a cross!
from ruler to being ruled!
from power to weakness! 
Max Lucado put it this way: 
"The omnipotent, in one instant, made himself breakable. He who had been spirit became piercable. He who was larger than the universe became an embryo. And he who sustains the world with a word chose to be dependent upon the nourishment of a young girl. God as a fetus. Holiness sleeping in a womb. The creator of life being created. God was given eyebrows, elbows, two kidneys, and a spleen. He stretched against the walls and floated in the amniotic fluids of his mother” (God Came Near, 25-26).
Paul put it this way in 1 Timothy 3:16: "great is the mystery of godliness: God was revealed in the flesh!" 
The marvel of it all is that he did it for you and me! It was an expression of the depths of his love for you that the Word entered the depths of human ugliness, human weakness, human humiliation. 
My prayer for you this Christmas Season is that you would enter into the wonder of the incarnation and reflect on the simple truth: “the Word became flesh!”
See you this Sunday in person or online.
In the light of His glory and grace,
Pastor Doug