Read Hebrews 1.
The Incarnation is one of the most beautiful ideas in the Gospel. Incarnation is simply the reality that God stepped into history himself to reach the world with his love. It’s why Christmas is so profound. Why send His own son? What is God trying to say through Jesus?
The beginning of Hebrews chapter one is one of my favorite passages in all of the scriptures. God has been communicating with his creation since the very beginning. In the past he did that through prophets but Hebrews 1 tells us that now he speaks to us, “by his Son.” No more middle man, God wanted to make sure we knew what he is really like. That is why he sent his own son, Jesus. Jesus is, as the text says, “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his (God’s) nature.” Jesus is a letter to humanity. A letter written on flesh and bone through healing hands, open arms, wise words, and unconditional self sacrificial love. Jesus is an amazing letter!
Jesus’ life as a man is also a loud invitation to do the same thing he does. We were made in the image of God so every time we see the image of God in the face of Jesus we learn what we were designed to reflect. Jesus’ incarnation is an invitation to reflect God’s character just as Jesus did so well.
REFLECT AND RESPOND
If Jesus is a letter to humanity about what God is like, what does the letter say? What is one way you can extend love and thereby reflect God’s character to those around you today?
By Aaron Bjorklund