As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, it’s worth remembering that He is the Word who is God (see John 1:1-5).He was there at the beginning and was involved in creation; the Word is God, who could make something from nothing (something even the most creative person can’t do!) He came to earth to save us (Heb 10:5-7), a reminder that a sacrifice was needed for sin, showing us the seriousness of rebellion against God. The sacrifices and offerings of the Old Testament point to the gravity of the situation, but were only transitional, temporary ‘solutions’ until Jesus came. He was One who was obedient and did not refuse to do God’s will. His obedience meant death on a cross (Phil 2:5-8) but was the means of our reconciliation with God.

As a result of Jesus’s coming, He has made God known to us. (1 John 1:1-4) He loved us so much that He brought God’s light to our darkness and promised to dwell with us for ever as our ‘Immanuel.‘ Our God is both King and man, friend and helper. We have a Saviour who is closer than a brother, someone who knows each of us by name. Hallelujah, what a Saviour!