A miracle worth grasping about Christmas is that Jesus is God in the flesh and yet He was fully man, “Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself…”  (Philippians 2:6-8a)

The words the Apostle Paul used in this passage of Scripture are chosen with great care to show the absolute reality that Jesus is God in the flesh as well as truly being man. He is flesh and blood just as you and I.  The writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us the great benefit of the Lord becoming man. “Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.  For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.  For this reason He had to be made like His brothers in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.  Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted.” (Hebrews 2:14-18)

He could not have been tempted as we are, lived a life of victory over sin unless He was of flesh and blood.  Being man, the sins of the world were able to be laid upon Him.  1 John 3:8 says, “…The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” The devil’s work was destroyed on the Cross of Christ. Colossians 2:15 says, “And having disarmed the powers and authorities [of Satan].  He, [Jesus] made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”  

Christians, are under the blood of Christ, thus enabled to get victory over the flesh, the world, and the devil.  The Apostle Paul writes, “For [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves.” (Colossians 1:13-14)

Jesus coming to earth with the chief purpose of redeeming fallen mankind gave us a Savior, Priest or rather a Shepherd who is able to help those who are being tempted. Have you grasped this miracle?