"And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth" (John 1:14). At Christmas time we celebrate the birth of Christ Jesus. Jesus is the Son of God, who came to earth, taking on human flesh. This act of Christ taking on human flesh is called the incarnation. Christ's incarnation is the beginning of God's redemptive plan for sinful mankind.

The Word, who is the Christ, was born as a human baby in humble conditions in Bethlehem. His parents named Him Jesus and He grew to be a man who lived a perfect, sinless life. Though sinless, He was convicted of high crimes and crucified on a cross because the religious leaders of the day didn't like what he had to say. His message was simple—repent and believe. Jesus said “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17) and "Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life" (John 5:24).

The Bible tells us that all mankind is sinful and broken—that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin separates us from God, damning us to an eternity in Hell, justly punished for sin and separated from God.

But there is Hope in the Gospel! That one man, Christ Jesus, who was God incarnate, lived a perfect life, and gave up that life as a sacrifice on the cross for our sins. Though Jesus died on that cross and was buried, he didn't stay that way long. After three days, he rose from the grave to live again. He defeated death, Hell, and the grave!

Guess what, you’re a guilty sinner just like the rest of us. If you want to be saved from God's just punishment, simply admit you're a sinner, have faith that Christ Jesus's sacrifice on that cross was sufficient payment for your sin, and repent. 1 John 1:9 tells us that, “But if we confess our sin, turn from them, and trust in Christ Jesus as our savior, then God is faithful to forgive us our sin and give us peace.”

This is why we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the incarnation, at Christmas.
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