The reason for Christmas

God is a spiritual being and therefore, in order to understand him, we must look at him through spiritual eyes. The problem with this is that the natural condition of humans is that we are blind spiritually. To us, the spiritual world is invisible. Some people may sense that the spiritual aspect of our world exists, but for the most part, we only pay attention to what we can see with our eyes.

The author of Psalm 67 understood that for us to really know God, he would have to become visible to humans. The Psalmist wrote, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us…That thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving health among all nations” (Psalm 67:1-2).

The word translated bless, bârak in Hebrew means to kneel (1288) and the word translated merciful, chânan is properly translated as to bend or stoop in kindness to an inferior (2603), so the basic meaning of the Psalmist’s statement is that of God coming down to our level in order for us to get a better look at him. That is what happened when Jesus was born.

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