Rick Renner

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6

When Jesus came to earth, it really was a moment when God Almighty shed His glorious appearance and exchanged it for the clothing of human flesh. For the sake of our redemption, God laid aside all of His radiant glory, took upon Himself human flesh, and was manifested in the very likeness of a human being.

Jesus our King exchanged His royal robes for the clothing of flesh. Just think of it -- Almighty God, clothed in radiant glory from eternity past, came to this earth formed as a human being in the womb of a human mother. And He did it for this purpose: so that He could one day die a miserable death on the Cross to purchase our salvation. All of this required humility on a level far beyond anything we could ever comprehend or anything that has ever been requested of any of us. Yet this was the reason Jesus came. It was His purpose from the beginning. Therefore, to fulfill God's plan and purpose, He chose to be obedient to the very end, humbling Himself to the point of dying a humiliating death on the Cross and thereby purchasing our eternal salvation.

As you celebrate Christmas this year with your family and with the family of God, be sure to remember the real purpose of Christmas. Remind others of the reason God appeared to mankind, veiled in human flesh in that lowly manger in Bethlehem. That baby was God manifested in the flesh, born to die for you and for me. Had He not come, you and I and the whole world would be lost in sin. But Jesus was so willing to do whatever was required to redeem us from Satan and sin that He humbled Himself even unto death on the Cross. This is the true meaning of Christmas!