Yesterday (December 14), the Worthless Servants podcast published a new episode touching on an appropriately Christmas topic: the Incarnation.
When we speak of the Incarnation, we are referring to God becoming man. This is the essence of Advent and of Christmas; these are the moments in the Christian calendar when we celebrate that God sent His only son in the form of a baby and in actual human likeness. That’s phenomenal and mind-blowing!
In present day, the concept of God becoming man is something that we as Christians accept by faith as a normal part of our story. However, 2,000 years ago, the average Jew could not have imagined that their sovereign God would put on flesh and walk alongside us. Even nowadays this concept is astonishing and blasphemous for many other religions!
For the Christian, the Incarnation is of utmost importance. God smashed himself into human flesh and came to earth, clothing himself in our own frailty. It’s not like God hadn’t communicated with the people before the manger, but this was radically different. These were not the words of a prophet this time; this was the very Word becoming man, coming alongside us. Eugene Peterson famously puts it this way:
“The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14b
Many of us are used to the theme of Incarnation around Christmas. But, what does all this have to do with missions? Could it be that the God who is with us would also send us to be with others? Does an incarnate God also, in some way, ask us to incarnate ourselves and become flesh in new cultures, new languages, and new neighborhoods?
Jesus moved into our barrio. He identified with our needs and even our sickness. Are you willing to follow his example? Are you willing to live and laugh and suffer with people from other races, cultures, religions, and languages if it means they will see Jesus in you?
“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you…” (John 20:21).
Would you like to dive more into the topic of the Incarnation? You can listen to the most recent episode of the Worthless Servants podcast by clicking here: mesoamericagenesis.org/podcast/ or you can subscribe on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher!
In this Advent season, may the Incarnation of Jesus Christ himself compel you to incarnate the Good News in your neighborhood and community!
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