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The Rev Andries Combrink is a Presbyterian Minister of the Gospel. He lives in Centurion, South Africa. 
To teach the Word of God is his calling,  based on the Reformed tradition. 

 

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Dec 24

Written by: Andries
Tuesday, December 24, 2019 4:04:37 AM  RssIcon

Incarnation: It means that someone living according to the spirit, becomes Someone who came to us according to the flesh.
This is the Biblical word for Christmas. Incarnation.
Not that there is anything wrong with the term “Christmas”. The “mass” in Christmas does not refer to Holy Communion as used in some denominations. No, it is an old English word that means celebration, joyful excitement, meaningful festivity!
 
So what do we celebrate with so much exuberance?
That God who is Spirit came to us, to be amongst us, to live and work according to the flesh. The eternal Son of God was willing to become a man, to teach us, to save us, to redeem us with his own blood, and justified us, that we too may become children of God.
I believe this is why the Bible-word for Christmas is “Incarnation”!  (To learn more about this you can read John 1: 1-5 and Romans 1: 1 -7, amongst others.)
 
Unfortunately there is too much lip service paid to Christ during the Festive Season.  As the time for the holidays approaches, many people begin to have Christmas parties, celebrating in the name of Christmas and even sing Christmas carols.  And after the Season is over, continue to act as if nothing significant happened.
 
This is not what the shepherds did after they shared a heavenly Christmas service with God’s angels and went to see the Child. “They made known the statement, which had been told them about the Child.” (See Luke 2: 17 – 20)
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
And the shepherds went back; glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.”
 
The shepherds received a remarkable Christmas experience from God. And they did not treat it carelessly. They knew that what they saw, heard and experienced, was really very important. “And they made known the statement, which had been told them about this Child” by the angel. (Luke 2:17)
 
The shepherds knew that they witnessed a glorious, divine event of great importance.
 
What makes the difference between someone who only sings about Christ at Christmas and someone who proclaims him and lives for Jesus Christ all year round?
The significance of Christmas escapes some.
The significance of the Incarnation seems to be beyond them.
 
Others cannot wait to proclaim it.
It is a true life changing encounter with Jesus, the Son of God who came to us, that moves us to proclaim Christ the whole year round. Having a relationship with God in Jesus Christ certainly makes the difference.
 
And the shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen ... (Luke 2:20)
After their encounter with Jesus, after enjoying a real Christmas - and after they had told everyone who would listen to them, the shepherds went back to their flocks and their everyday lives – but now they were glorifying and praising God with whatever they did.
 
This happens when Christmas is a real experience, and not an artificial, seasonal high that is part of enjoying holidays that just happen to be part of the community I live in.
 
When we celebrate a real Christmas, like the shepherds did, it will deepen our relationship with the King, the eternal Son of God, who was born as a man, for our salvation! For, if we celebrate his incarnation, meet him, and know him, he becomes our Redeemer, Saviour and Lord. A real Christmas changes us into testifying, worshipping, praising and serving children of our God!
 
If you receive this real life experience from God this Christmas, like the shepherds did more than 2000 years ago, will you not sing his songs, pray his prayers and serve the majesty of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, who came to live with humankind according to the flesh, every day of your life?
  

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