The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 1:14 NIV
Some of the earliest records for the celebration of the birth of Jesus come from Alexandria, Egypt. Several scholars, dating back to Clement of Alexandria, who lived around 200 AD, have attempted to determine the exact date of Jesus’ birth. The date has yet to be determined, but Clement noted that Epiphany and the Nativity were celebrated on January 6th or 10th, indicating that some sort of consensus was reached. The commemorations became popular in Egypt between 427 and 433.
From the earliest days of God’s revelation of Himself to human beings, He has shown them that He is Spirit. It is why He forbid them from making idols – graven images, to use the Biblical term – as did all the other nations around. The New Testament teaches us that God is Spirit and we must worship Him, therefore, in Spirit and in Truth. So I can’t imagine how shocking it must have been, and difficult to comprehend, when Jesus was born and over time it dawned on the good Jewish followers of Jesus that God had, in fact, taken on human form. The apostle John eventually came to terms with this and wrote, in John 1:14: “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” God came into His world on that first Christmas Day. The One who is Spirit took on human form to live among us, bringing heaven to earth so that by His death and resurrection, He might bring with Him from earth to heaven all who trust in Him. This is the message of Christmas.
These have been words from the heart.