This holiday season we focus on the fact that Jesus was born. God became incarnate in human flesh. The God of the Universe humbled Himself to the point of becoming one of us. I could not state it more directly that Paul who wrote, "Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped. But made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in the human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!" (Philippians 2:5-8)
When Jesus was born He took on human nature. This actuality often goesunnoticed. We are so proud of our human flesh. We worship our bodies. Butfor Jesus, the state of being in human flesh was quite a demotion. We get a glimpseof how He really is at the transfiguration and in Revelation 1. Suffice it tosay that He is magnificent. At Christmas He was born into our world. Hecame to the slums. He endured the smells and the darkness and the disasters becauseHe loves us. God was born into the world of men.
When Jesus grew older, He told us that we must be born again. Herein isanother detail that gets too little recognition in our lives. The fact is thatwhen we are born again we take on His divine nature. Mysterious as it sounds,God promises that we can be transformed from our sinful nature simply by believingthat Jesus is Lord. This is the complete opposite of what Jesus experienced.Jesus was born into human flesh; we are born again into Divine Spirit. Whata tradeoff! I actually become like Him. My whole DNA is transformed bybecoming born again.
This explains the scriptures that state, "For it is written: Be holy, becauseI am holy" (1 Peter 1:16). God can have such high hopes for me because Hehas put Himself in me. I have been reborn, taking on His divine nature.What could I become if I let my rebirth take root and mature? God knows. He believes.He longs for me to fully embrace my heavenly nature the way His own son was willingto enter His human nature even to the point of dying a torturous death on a cross.
When I stop and ponder what it means that Jesus was born into the world of men,I also reflect that I have been reborn in the world of God. These two birthsare completely incomprehensible, yet indispensable to relationship with God.
This Christmas season we celebrate Jesus’ birth, but also our own rebirth.Jesus glorified God by becoming a member of the human race. There is no greaterjoy you can bring to God than becoming a member of His heavenly Kingdom by beingborn again. Don't let anther Christmas season pass without receiving your gloriousdestiny that Jesus’ birth made possible. Jesus was born so that you couldbe born again.