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Reflection on John 1: Incarnational Love

posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:17 AM by solomon yang

Christmas was just around the corner. I’m sure we all had wonderful time celebrating Christmas with our family and friends. But what do we really celebrate? Christmas is time to celebrate the incarnation, God becoming one of us. “The Word became human and made his home among us” (1:14 NLT).

Why did God enter our world? Because God is love. And because incarnation is the foundation for genuinely loving others; entering the lives of others, understanding their needs, and bringing them help and hope. Ultimately, God took on flesh because He wanted to bring life to us. That’s why God Himself became “the Lamb of God” who takes away our sin (1:29).

This is the wonder of Christmas. Not only did God enter a world of sin, misery, and death, He became sin for us (2 Cor 5:21), He became a man of sorrows for us (Isaiah 53:3), and He tasted death for us (Rom 4:25). What we celebrate on Christmas, what we celebrate everyday in Christ is such extravagant love of our God. As we do so, let’s offer incarnational love to others around us.