Charles Spurgeon wrote, “The birth of Jesus is the grandest light of history, the sun in the heavens of all time. It is the pole star of human destiny, the hinge of chronology, the meeting place of the waters of the past and the future.”
The Apostle’s Creed puts the human birth of Jesus the Son of God this way,
“I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary…”
Those are pivotal phrases: “God’s only begotten Son.” “Conceived by the Holy Spirit.” “A Virgin birth.” These are vital brush-strokes painting a central truth of Christian doctrine, one we call The Incarnation: That God the Son, pre-existent and fully eternal God, was conceived of the Virgin by the Spirit, with a real, tangible, physical body, a human soul and mind with a human will.
God’s intent was clear: The incarnation of God in flesh is no mere theoretical or lofty theological proposition. No, Jesus Christ was a baby commonly born of a woman. He was born into a family, to parents. He had uncles, aunts, cousins and neighbors. He hungered. He thirsted. He got tired. He fell asleep. He yawned. He worshiped. He got mad and sad. He had internal organs and hands and feet and hair. He built stuff and received payment. He bought food and supplies. His family was a part of a tribe of people in the land of Israel. His family had traditions and beliefs. They celebrated holidays. They enjoyed birthdays and traditions and sat around and had conversations. They laughed and cried and talked and worked together. Jesus’ genealogy is listed twice, in two gospels, both connecting him to David son of Jesse, then to Abraham, and one going all the way back to Adam! God could not be clearer! God, in love, condescended to fully become one of us, he joined in our experience and human condition in every way, except for sinning. And on that cross Jesus even became our sin.
Augustine of Hippo brilliantly and poetically asserts:
“Man’s maker was made man that He, Ruler of the stars, might nurse at His mother’s breast; that the Bread might hunger, the Fountain thirst, the Light sleep, the Way be tired on its journey; that Truth might be accused of false witnesses, the Teacher be beaten with whips, the Foundation be suspended on wood; that Strength might grow weak; that the Healer might be wounded; that Life might die.”
The incarnation is the litmus John uses to weed out Anti-Christ! 1 John 4:1-3