12/2/2014

The Word Became Flesh

John 1:14 “14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (NASB)

In his classic theological text Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis had this to say about Jesus: “I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept his claim to be God.

That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse.

You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”

We can light candles, hang wreaths, sing carols, send cards, attend services, and set out nativities. Yet if we do not begin by accepting Jesus for who He claimed to be, we may as well save ourselves the trouble. Celebrating the birth of Christ is not about nostalgia or ceremony, it is about saying to Christ, You are who you said You are, you did what you said you would do, and I am willing to stake everything on it.