Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. (KJV)
Christmas is about a lot of things, but one thing we do not usually think of is choice. This verse in Hebrews would not be considered a Christmas scripture, but in a real sense it is what Christmas is all about. This verse describes a choice made by God for us. God created man to be His children. The fall of man in Genesis chapter 3 tells us of another choice made by Adam and Eve. They chose to disobey God and as a result sin passed on all mankind. (Read Romans chapter 5.) This left God with a dilemma. He loved His children, but their disobedience set something into motion that could not be ignored.
God is pure and holy. He, by nature, cannot simply “sweep this under the rug.” It must be dealt with, but the payment for man’s sin was death. Not just physical death but something called spiritual death which simply defined is eternal separation from God. Man has no choice in this matter. More clearly his choice has been made for him by his “father” Adam. (Again read Romans 5.) It would seem that God has no choice either. His holiness demands the sin be paid for. His love however cannot accept this as the only choice. Since He is, after all, God He simply created another choice.
He choose to partake of “flesh and blood”. Translation; He was conceived in the womb of a virgin by the Holy Spirit and was born just like every other human being who has ever been born. God chose to become human. This began a process that culminated with him taking on the nature of man brought upon him by Adam’s sin in the garden of Eden. God in the person of Jesus Christ chose to die for us.
Why is this so important? Because the choice God made gave us a choice as well. We can choose to remain identified with Adam and pay for the nature he earned for us with his disobedience, or we can choose to identify with the choice God made beginning in the manger and ending in the cross. If we chose the latter we will eternally partake of the nature of Jesus and the future He earned for us on the cross. I don’t know about you, but I thank God for the choice Christmas represents and the eternal gift it provides for me.