Sermon for the Nativity of our Lord based on John 1:1-14
Dear people who are flesh: grace, mercy, and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
The Word became flesh. God became man. The eternal Son of God who made all things and without whom was not anything made that was made, joined creation by taking on human flesh, and He dwelt with us.
God the Son did not have to become man. He did not have to leave the joys of heaven and attach Himself to mankind by becoming one of us. He could have instead destroyed sinful mankind who had rebelled against Him. He could have thrown all of creation into hell after the fall into sin.
Yet, out of love for His fallen creation, He did not want to see His creation eternally punished. He became man for us, out of love for us. He loved His fallen creation so much that He was willing to become one of us. He became one of us to take on our sin.
God the Son shares in our human state. God has forever elevated what it means to be human by becoming one of us. By becoming one of us, He affirmed the goodness of creation, even if it is now marred by sin.
Christ came to take back what He had lost. Man was lost to God because of sin, but Jesus came to win us back to God. The Son of God came to pay the price of our sins, thus freeing us from the bondage of sin.
God the Son took on our flesh in order to suffer and die for us. Even now, after the resurrection, He remains man. That’s why He can give us His body and blood to eat and drink.
If God is Spirit alone, He does not have a body or blood. But God the Son became and is still man, glorified and resurrected. He gives us His glorified and resurrected body to eat and drink so that we can be partakers of His flesh.
The Word became flesh to take on our sin, and now He gives us His flesh and we take on His holiness. His body and blood take away our sin because it was by means of His body and blood that He paid the price of our sins. Jesus gives us forgiveness and eternal life through His body and blood and we are united with Him. We have been adopted as children of God through our Baptism into Christ.
We have the right to become children of God. Not because we were born of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but because we were born again by the will of God through water and the Spirit. By believing in His name, that is by faith, we are the children of God.
Jesus becoming man bridged the gap between God and man. We are no longer separated from God by our sinfulness since Jesus has fulfilled the Law for us and paid the debt of our sins.
As God, the Son of God does not need to keep the Law. Whatever He does is just and good and right. Whatever God thinks, says, or does is lawful. In order for Him to fulfil the Law in our place, He had to become one of us.
Scripture tells us, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the Law, to redeem those who were under the Law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Gal. 4:4-5) Born as a man, Jesus put Himself under the Law and fulfilled the Law’s requirements. Jesus became one of us to do what we cannot do.
The Son of God also became man so that He could die. God has no beginning or end. Without taking on human flesh, God the Son could not die. So, He took on our flesh and blood, and gave up His life to save us and give us eternal life.
God the Son took on our flesh, so He also experienced what it means to be man. He was tempted. He suffered hunger and thirst. He became tired and slept. He cried when a dear friend died. He was sorrowful unto death.
Christ knows what we go through. He is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, as He has been tempted as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15). Thus, we can confidently draw near to His throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb. 4:16).
Christ, who is God and man, has ascended to the right hand of the Majesty on high, and He intercedes for us. There is a man sitting on the throne of heaven pleading for us, because He knows our weaknesses. He knows our weaknesses, so He has done everything to save us, leaving nothing to us.
From start to finish, it is all about love. God was willing to do this all for us out of love for us, His fallen creation. God became man to save man. We are saved and have been adopted as children of God, so we receive the inheritance of the children of God – eternal life. The eternal Son of God became man to give us eternal life. That is the Christmas story. Amen.
The peace of God which surpasses all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.