We've been doing a study on Advent for our Sunday morning youth small groups at Walnut Hill, and this morning we talked about the Incarnation and what it means for us that "the Word became flesh..." (John 1:14).
As I was developing the material the past couple of weeks, there were several practical applications that struck me: 1.) Jesus is fully God, so he deserves our worship, 2.) Jesus inhabited a body, so God cares what we do with our bodies, 3.) Jesus "moved into the neighborhood," (as Eugene Peterson has paraphrased John 1:14 in the Message), so it matters how we inhabit the places we live. Wow--it was a lot to cover in one morning!
But before we launched the small groups, I shared with students for a few minutes about why Jesus had to come at all. I tried to connect for them the two dimensions of God's Word--written (the Bible) and living/Incarnate (Jesus!). God's written Word is manifest in the Person of Jesus Christ who comes to fulfill the Law and Prophets (Matthew 5:17) and to accomplish what the law could not do (Romans 8:3).
Fittingly, one of tonight's Advent Scriptures is Psalm 115. Last year, I blogged about a song called "One Winter's Night," that has truly become my favorite-of-all-time Christmas carol. There is a line in the bridge that confused me a bit when I first discovered the tune:
Advent Readings 2012