The Weekly PowerBreak – “What’s The Big Deal?”

Many times, we seem to get pulled in a thousand directions at this time of the year and want to just stop and say, “What’s the big deal about everything?” and maybe we say that about Christmas.  It needs to be noted that when the emphasis is all about consumerism, snowflakes, and anything but God incarnate, it is really ‘much ado about nothing.’  So maybe a little cynicism is appropriate, but let’s remember the incarnation IS a big deal.  In fact, it’s bigger than big.  It’s enormous.

Galatians 4:4–5 (ESV) — 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.

Philippians 2:5–8 (ESV) — 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

John 1:1–4 (ESV) — 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:14–18 (ESV) — 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

1 Timothy 2:5 (ESV) — 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,

OK, you say, it’s a big deal.  Yes it is!  God sent His Son, the eternal Son of God, into His own creation and Jesus stepped into our world to become our mediator. As a mediator, He had to be fully God and fully man to be able as Job said of old, “to put his hand upon us both and bring us together.”

Job 9:32–33 (ESV) — 32 For he is not a man, as I am, that I might answer him, that we should come to trial together. 33 There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.

Many theologians consider the incarnation a greater miracle than that of creation. So yes, it is a big deal.  Granted, there is no mention of “Christmas or Christ’s mass” in the Bible but you cannot deny the fact that the angels sang out at the birth of Christ as God manifest His presence in the man, Christ Jesus.  Simeon held the Christ child and praised God because he was blessed to recognize Jesus as the source of salvation.  God took on our flesh and blood to save us from our sins.  The incarnation is a big deal.  Of course, every other aspect of the life of the Lord Jesus Christ is a big deal too.  His perfect sinless life qualified Him to be the Lamb of God, the once and for all sacrifice for sin.  His death on the cross was the focal point of His time on earth where He would suffer vicariously for our sin.  His resurrection was God the Father’s seal of the acceptance of Christ’s work on the cross.  His ascension means He went away to prepare for us a place and in the meantime, make intercession for us before the throne of grace.  His coming again for us culminates His work as He brings us home and declares us one with God, forever and ever.

Wow!  What a big deal!  It sure is and may we never forget it.  It’s not the activities that promote the “Christmas spirit” (whatever that is), but it’s the fact that down deep within all the big deals going on is the biggest deal of all – the fact that some recognition, no matter how small by the world, but the very fact that they use the word Christmas does in some sense point to God’s big deal – the incarnation of Christ.

So, when someone says, “what’s the big deal of Christmas?” the appropriate answer is simply, “the incarnation.”  Then take a moment to explain why that is a big deal and you will have shared the Gospel.


Bob Brubaker