Saturday, December 19, 2009

“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren.” (Hebrews 2.17)

New Testament Challenge, Day 35 – Hebrews 1-10

As Christmas approaches and our shopping days are rapidly disappearing we should pause to reflect upon why Christmas is so important. We know without much thought that it is the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, God Himself, but in terms of our salvation it is much more than that. As Saint Paul writes above, in all things God had to be made like us – why?

The mission of Jesus Christ is to unite humanity to divinity for all eternity. In order to accomplish this, since we humans are of the created order, God becomes created without ceasing to become divine in order that in Him, both natures are united. If God had simply appeared rather than being conceived in a womb and born as a baby He would not have been human. Likewise, if He had not been crucified He would not have died, since He was without sin, and therefore He would not have been human. Our salvation rests in His uniting humanity to divinity in Himself.

This is the importance of Christmas. Without the birth of God, we cannot be saved. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping, try not to forget this reality. Thank you God, for consenting to be born as a baby for our salvation.

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