Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation by Joel R. Beeke and
“Traditionally, at Christmastime we think about the story of Christ’s birth. It feels like Christmas when we picture Joseph and Mary, the shepherds, the angels, and the manger containing the Christ child. But to appreciate the magnitude of the main point of the story–that the eternal Son of God assumed our flesh-and-blood human nature–we need to learn from the rest of the Bible why Christ came to earth.”
Suppose you were asked the question, “Why did Jesus come to earth and live here in human form?” How confident are you that you could answer the question with more than two or three reasons? In the form of a small booklet with only 105 pages, the authors provide their readers with numerous thoughts and meditations to answer this question. It contains wisdom from several historical sources that have been overlooked, forgotten or neglected for a long period of time. In these meditations, our understanding will deepen as we explore the Bible passages that point to Christ’s coming and quotes from men of faith who penned their reflections on Scripture.
Meditation is a beneficial exercise all of us would be wise to learn. For me, meditation means taking in information either familiar, completely new, or as a reminder of something I may have forgotten, and spending time pondering their meaning and implications for my life. Sometimes the benefits are to expand my understanding and enrichment. The new information may be a puzzle piece that slips into place. Many “Aha!” moments come to me at these times. At other times, the new perspective or information is meant for me to share with someone else.
When meditating on the thirty-one points Why Christ Came, I experienced several “Aha!” moments, and my appreciation for the relationship I have with Jesus Christ expanded. This is something I’m sure the authors desire for everyone who delves into this short but pithy book. I look forward to making this book a part of our family Advent tradition for many Christmases to come.
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- don’t just read God’s word; stop and meditate on it (thelbdessentialsforlife.wordpress.com)