KEY TEXT: Hebrews 1:1-3 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power.
KEY THOT: Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God, but God himself in human flesh. In the OT, God spoke through human intermediaries (prophets), but in the NT, God came down personally and spoke in his Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was not only God-like--He was God in the flesh. God has visited us! He is Immanuel, God with us! For seekers who ask, "If God is real, why doesn't He show up?" Or for skeptics who say, "If God shows up, I will believe", Jesus Christ is the answer! He is not just someone who teaches us about God--He is God: "He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature". If anyone would like to know what God is like, he or she needs look no further than Jesus Christ as recorded in the New Testament. And now this same Jesus has been exalted to the "right hand of the Majesty on high" after he has made "purification for sins" (died for our sins on the Cross). He has now a name that is superior to angels and upholds the universe by the word of his power.
On Christmas Day, we remember this great truth: God has come down to visit His people: "Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, saying, "A great prophet has arisen among us!" and "God has visited his people!" (Luke 7:16). And wherever He went, God's grace and truth went with him. He came to reveal the gracious love of God to sinners. And today, he continues to reveal God's grace and truth to us and to call us to repentance and to return home to the Father.
May this Christmas be the season for many who have not yet return home to the Father to do so. May churches everywhere proclaim the good news that God has come down to visit Planet Earth. He has sent His Son Jesus Christ to make purification for sins and to call all the lost sinners to come home to His Father. Amen.