While at work yesterday I had a great conversation with a friend of mine. We began to talk about life’s greatest, most intense pleasure. This lead to mention of the New Orleans Saints winning the Super Bowl. I can understand that conclusion for some people. Especially people who have lived here their whole lives and spent so many years supporting a team that has never achieved the ultimate football goal. I remember that night vividly. I was here in the city and partook in the celebration after the final whistle. This conversation led me to think, though, about how for so many people here, this moment in History is labeled as one of the greatest, if not the greatest.
Some will laugh at this and even sneer at the idea that a football game would even compare to the American Revolution, or the abolition of slavery. Some would say the industrial revolution, or the fall of the Roman empire. All of these moments in History have some significance, but all pale in comparison to the most incredible and important event in all of History. The Jesus event.
This day that we celebrate once a year – that (as stated in a lecture by Alan Hirsch) has been trumped by father Christmas – is the beginning of the most incredible event to take place in all of history. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” John 1:14. To continue writing is so difficult after those words. What can I possible say to add to this. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth.” Gen 1:1. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 emphasis mine) God (the Word) became flesh and lived among us!!! The Creator of all, the Master of the Universe who controls all things and holds all things together, took on the form of that which He created, and walked among us for 30 plus years!
The fact that there are people out there unable to see the beauty and power of this event breaks my heart. Christian, never look past this event, focus on it daily. Make the incarnation of the Son of Man be a part of your morning devotion. Meditate on the Word becoming flesh and all that means for us. Remember that “Jesus is not only the content of the Gospel, but the context as well.” (Alan Hirsh) Suddenly, all of History’s most incredible events seem to be nothing anymore.