Pastor Tom Kaastra continued our series The Carols Of Christmas by looking at the well-known Christmas hymn O Come, All Ye Faithful. The line he especially highlighted comes from the third stanza—Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.
It is so vital that we keep both of those aspects of Jesus Christ in mind: He is both the Word of the Father and the Word become flesh. As Tom pointed out, this fact helps us answer the two most vital questions that humans have:
- Who is God?
- Who am I?
I can learn more about who I am when I know more clearly Who God is. And when I know this, I can more fully—as the song says—come and adore Christ the Lord.
Jesus is fully God:
- He is the Eternal Word (John 1:1-3)
- He is the exact representation of God (Hebrews 1:3)
- He is the visible image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15)
- He is the fullness of God (Colossians 1:19)
- When we see Jesus, we see God (John 14:8-9)
Jesus revealed to us the Father’s love; after all, God is love (1 John 4:16). Jesus came to show us the love of God.
Jesus is fully Man:
- He got tired and hungry (John 4:6)
- He limited Himself to do only what the Father told Him to do (John 5:19-20)
- He limited Himself to say only what the Father told Him to say (John 12:49)
- He felt anguish and pain (Luke 22:44)
As C.S. Lewis said, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become sons of God.” And as sons of God, we have access to the Heavenly Father—
Those who are led by God’s Spirit are God’s children. For the Spirit that God has given you does not make you slaves and cause you to be afraid; instead, the Spirit makes you God’s children, and by the Spirit’s power we cry out to God, “Abba! My Father!” (Romans 8:14-15)
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing is cause for adoration because Jesus has made it possible for us to become sons and daughters of God!
O come let us adore Him!!