Posted December 25, 2015
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.
Merry Christmas to all of you!
At Christmas, we celebrate the jaw dropping truth that God came, took on real tangible flesh, and dwelt among us (John 1:14) in the Person of His Son! Jesus is called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” What an amazing gift that the Eternal Son of God left His heavenly throne where he was surrounded by angels’ praises to be born in a humble feeding trough surrounded by moaning cattle. Why did He do this? We’re taught in Scripture that mankind had been separated from their perfect and holy God due to their rebellion and sin. We learn that the King of life was born to die for sinners that they might be reconciled to the very God they were exiled from. Doug Wilson commented, “The body that was broken on the cross was the same body that was formed in the womb of the virgin. And that body was taken on by the eternal Word in order that it might be broken. The blood that began to circulate in the veins of Jesus before He was even born was the same blood that was to be shed for you many years later. Christmas is the opening move in God’s salvation of His people.”
So where does the story of history head? What’s its trajectory? In the book of Revelation, and in particular the final 2 chapters, its author John gives us insight into what is to come! Revelation 21 reminds us that Christmas was beautiful foretaste of God’s ultimate plan for redemption. In the same way that in the Garden of Eden, God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day, so He also sent His Son as the second Adam to walk among us and lay down His life. Jesus’ blood paved the way for the final and full dwelling of God with His people when He returns in glory and that’s what we read about in Revelation 21. We are told in the 2 verses prior that a new heaven and new earth would come about, and that God’s holy city would come down from heaven to earth. Upon this city’s arrival, we hear the announcement made in verse 3 with all the more clarity. This city represents God’s longing throughout all of history: To dwell among us His people. Where His people currently stray and wander from Him, one day they will be His people perfectly. Where before they would see Him dimly, one day they will see Him fully. What a day & what a dwelling! As if it weren’t enough, there will be no end to this dwelling; it will go on and on, forever and ever.
May we sing for joy this Christmas that Jesus came to dwell among us in order to make a way for this eternal and glorious dwelling with God!
Song by Chris and Emery Clark.
Artwork by Kayla Sanders.
Devotional by Joel Limpic.