Session 19

What happened when Jesus came to earth

From A Celebration of Advent: A 25-Day Devotional

It’s a common plot for Christmas movies. Girl bumps her head and wakes up in a different reality. She remembers everything, but no one recognizes who she really is. 

Do you ever wonder if that’s how Jesus felt sometimes? He was walking around in the world He created, but few saw Him for who He was. John 1:10 says, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.”

Jesus was not part God, part man. He was completely divine and completely human at the same time. This is what makes Jesus’ arrival is the most amazing event in all of history. The eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, infinitely holy God took on a human nature and lived among us! 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.” - John 1:1-3

As God and man, Jesus reveals how God thinks and how we should think. He models how to live and gives us the power to live that way. And because Jesus was God, He was without sin — making Him the only person who could make us right with God (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

In Jesus, we get a visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15). For hundreds of years, people heard from God through a complex religious system. They traveled to the temple to be in God’s presence. But through Jesus, we can know God fully and talk to Him anytime, anywhere. 

Reflect:
  • Why is Jesus coming to earth a big deal for you personally?
  • What’s one thing you’ve learned about God as you’ve been reading about Jesus’ birth?

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