Who is Jesus? That is the great question of the Christmas season. Who is this child in a manger, believed by many to be the King, feared by others as a threat to their power and position? Why so much fuss about a young boy? As Christians, we believe Jesus to be the very Son of God; the Word of God Himself come to us as a man (and before a man, a child), sent to save the world from sin and death.
But even for Christians, who have been reading their Bibles all their lives, trying to explain exactly who Jesus is can be difficult. How can Jesus be both God and man at the same time? This is one of the great mysteries of life and our faith, and it is this mystery that we celebrate this Christmas season. Every Christmas we celebrate the great and wonderful mystery of the incarnation.
If you want to know more about what all that means, then I humbly recommend to you Bruce Ware’s The Man Christ Jesus. It is a study of the humanity of Jesus; how Jesus can be truly and fully human, and what that means for us. Ware does a wonderful job of taking big, difficult truths and communicating them in an understandable way. For that reason, this book is a gift, and makes for a great read during this Christmas season as we celebrate the incarnation of the Word of God.
You can find the book here, and there is also now a copy in our library.
We studied the love of God a couple weeks ago on a Sunday morning, and that brought to mind another resource that you might find helpful; an extremely helpful book by D.A. Carson, called The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. This book profoundly helped me think through what the Bible says about the love of God. Carson rightly points out in this book that God’s love, as revealed in the Bible, is not quite as simple or straightforward as we might initially think. If you want to know more about how and to whom God expresses His great love, take a look at Carson’s work here. It is at times heady, but it is also short and readable.
You can find this book here, and this is also now in our church library.