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The staggering fact that God one day wrapped Himself in flesh and lived among us is explored in this compelling video.  Post continued below the video…

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(HT – Tony Brott)

What if God was one of us? Joan Osborne wistfully asked that question in a popular song several years ago.  Don’t be misled by the title of the song, though.  It was by no stretch of the imagination a Christian song, although it did raise a provocative question.

What if God was one of us?  Well, he was.  Christmas is, in fact, about God becoming one of us, being “made flesh” (John 1:14) in his incarnation, and doing so with a specific purpose–to reconcile us to God.

Another requirement of our reconciliation with God was this: that man, who by his disobedience had become lost, should by way of remedy counter it with obedience, satisfy God’s judgment, and pay the penalties for sin. Accordingly, our Lord came forth as true man and took the person and the name of Adam in order to take Adam’s place in obeying the Father, to present our flesh as the price of satisfaction to God’s righteous judgment, and, in the same flesh, to pay the penalty that we had deserved.

In short, since neither as God alone could he feel death, nor as man alone could he overcome it, he coupled human nature with divine that to atone for sin he might submit the weakness of the one to death; and that, wrestling with death by the power of the other nature, he might win victory for us. (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion (2 Volume Set), Book II, Chapter XII, Number 3)

This is the wondrous exchange made by his boundless goodness. Having become with us the Son of Man, he has made us with himself sons of God…. Having received our mortality, he has bestowed on us his immortality. Having undertaken our weakness, he has made us strong in his strength. Having submitted to our poverty, he has transferred to us his riches. Having taken upon himself the burden of unrighteousness with which we were oppressed, he has clothed us with his righteousness (John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, IV.17.2).

That’s the wonder–and the glory–of Christmas.